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New Jersey Record Expungement Process

Last updated on July 4, 2024

A criminal record of any kind can make your life difficult, affecting your ability to obtain employment, housing, and other necessities.  Record expungement allows individuals to clear their criminal records, essentially wiping past offenses from public view.

You need an experienced Atlantic City attorney’s help. At the Law Offices of Melissa Rosenblum, LLC, we have over 25 years of criminal law experience. Our founder, Melissa Rosenblum, is one of the few women lawyers in New Jersey to be a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, and criminal law is our sole focus.

Who Qualifies For Expungement?

While it is possible to have your records expunged in New Jersey, not everyone qualifies automatically. Eligibility for expungement depends on:

  • Criminal history: Multiple convictions or a pattern of offenses impact your eligibility.
  • Age at the time of offense: Juvenile offenses have different rules for expungement.
  • Completion of the sentence: You must finish all sentences, including probation, fines and restitution.
  • Type of offense: Only certain offenses qualify for expungement, and certain offense, such as arson, are not able to be expunged.
  • Waiting period: You must observe a waiting period after completing your sentence before you can apply for expungement.
  • Rehabilitation: Showing evidence of rehabilitation, like employment or community service, can strengthen your case.
  • Pending charges or convictions: You cannot have any ongoing charges or convictions when applying.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you understand if you qualify for expungement, gather the necessary documentation and prepare your petition.

The Expungement Process

The expungement process in New Jersey may be difficult and confusing, but it could be quicker with skilled legal guidance and representation. The steps include:

  • Obtaining copies of your criminal records
  • Preparing and filing the petition with the help of an attorney
  • The court serves your attorney back with the filed petition
  • Court appearances (if necessary) where the judge makes a decision

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