New Jersey does permit people to file paperwork to get their criminal convictions expunged from their permanent records. The amount of time you must wait before filing for the expungement varies based on the type of offense you were convicted. In all cases, you must serve your penalty (jail time, license suspension, probation, etc.) before requesting an expungement,
Indictable Offenses: Generally speaking, you must wait 10 years to file for an expungement. However, after five years, you can file the petition and the court may grant it under certain circumstances. Talk to a criminal defense lawyer at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC to learn more about getting indictable offenses expunged from your permanent record.
Disorderly person or petty disorderly persons offenses: There is a five year waiting period before you can file a petition to have the record expunged.
Municipal ordinance violations: You must wait two years to file for an expungement.
It’s important to note that if you were arrested, but never convicted, there will be a record of your arrest until you seek expungement. However, you are eligible for filing for expungement as soon as the charges are dismissed against you.
Additionally, there are some records that may not be expunged in New Jersey. These include:
- Sex crimes
- Serious drug crimes
- Child endangerment
- False imprisonment
Crimes involving public officials
The expungement process is complicated. You need to hire a lawyer who will make sure your petition is filed correctly and in a timely manner.
For a free consultation, contact the criminal defense lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC. We will do our best to get your record expunged so you can go on without past mistakes haunting you forever.