Expungement Attorney in Burlington County

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently reversed a lower court ruling that made it difficult for those will a prior criminal record to obtain an expungement. Those with lower-level drug offenses that complete a court-ordered program may become eligible to have a fresh start. This applies to drug court program graduates that have satisfied their financial obligations and successfully remained drug-free. This is the latest in numerous measures that seek to reduce barriers that those with a past criminal record encounter in obtaining employment and other goals.

What is an Expungement?

Those with a conviction for a criminal offense have negative information that appears when they are subject to a background check. The process of expungement allows individuals to complete a process that extracts this information from their record. Expungement is possible for the majority of offenses except for very serious offenses including homicide, kidnapping, human trafficking, arson, and others. Use this link for a full listing of offenses that are not eligible.

Grading of Offenses

Offense Level

Incarceration Period

Maximum Fine

First Degree

10 to 20 years

Up to $200,000

Second Degree

5 to 10 years

Up to $150,000

Third Degree

3 to 5 years

Up to $15,000

Fourth Degree

18 months

Up to $10,000

Disorderly Person Offense

6 months

Up to $1,000

Petty Disorderly Person Offense

30 days

Up to $500

Municipal Ordinance Violations

90 days

Up to $2,000

Requirements for Expungement of Indictable Offenses

Eligibility for expunging indictable offenses begins after 10 years have passed and all fines, penalties and other requirements have been satisfied. The offender must not have had any subsequent indictable offenses and no more than two disorderly or petty disorderly person offenses.

An exception exists when only a portion of fines remains. The court may consider allowing the expungement in these circumstances if the offender made a reasonable effort to adhere to a payment plan. Courts may also make exceptions for those who endured “compelling” financial circumstances.

Requirements for Expungement of Other Levels of Offenses

Disorderly person and petty disorderly person offenses may be expunged after five years have elapsed. It is required that the offender not have had any subsequent indictable offenses and not more than three disorderly person or petty disorderly person offenses. For violations of municipal ordinances, only a two-year period must elapse. It is required that the offender not have more than two disorderly person or petty disorderly person offenses.

Do You Need an Attorney for an Expungement?

The New Jersey Court's Expungement Packet for 2019 suggests that offenders retain the services of an attorney. Your attorney will initially be able to determine if you qualify for expungement and the process will be seamless. Having your criminal record expunged is very worthwhile and having this assistance is often critical to success.

New Jersey Attorney for Expungement of a Criminal Record

The process of having past criminal convictions expunged from your record can be confusing and complicated. Joseph D. Lento is a seasoned criminal defense lawyer that is familiar with completing this process. Contact the office today for a consultation at (888) 535-3686.

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