Expunging a Conviction in New Jersey

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New Jersey Expungement

In New Jersey, a criminal conviction may be expunged under some circumstances. Once a conviction is expunged, it may not be accessed by the general public and may only be used for extremely limited purposes, such as a future criminal investigation.

Circumstances for Expungement

Expungement is available for a defendant if:

Circumstance Where Expungement Is Impermissible

Expungement is not available in New Jersey under the following circumstances:

Court Process

New Jersey’s expungement statutes state that courts must hear expungement requests within 35 to 60 days from the date of filing. However, the entire process typically takes a few months due to scheduling and caseload issues. Also, failure to provide sufficient documentation may result in incomplete records, which could lead to further delay.

Unlike other states, New Jersey does not place a limit on the number of times a person may file for expungement.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Expunge a Conviction in New Jersey?

Perhaps - many New Jersey criminal lawyers are experienced in obtaining an expungement. The lawyer can speak on your behalf during court and can help you file all the necessary paperwork. In other words, the lawyer can present your case to the judge in a better light than you may be able to.

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Last Modified: 06-27-2014 10:55 AM PDT

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