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Can I expunge my record in New Jersey?

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A blemish on your record, even a small transgression from many years ago, can disqualify you for a job, prevent you from coaching a youth sports team, or even deny you the right to adopt a child.

The Superior Court of New Jersey has the authority to expunge the record of a criminal arrest or conviction in the state of New Jersey. Once the court enters an expungement order, the offense is deemed never to have happened.

Acriminal background check will indicate a person has no criminal record. (The only exceptions are applications for a job as a law enforcement officer or in the judicial branch of government.)

For more information about expungements and how you can have your record expunged, please call us any time for a free consultation (201) 556-1571.

I have experience helping individuals expunge the following crimes from their record:

The state does not allow some criminal convictions to be expunged, including:

  • Homicide (except vehicular homicide)
  • Kidnapping
  • Luring or enticing
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Aggravated criminal sexual contact
  • Robbery
  • Arson and related crimes
  • Endangering the welfare of a child (by sexual conduct)
  • Terrorism

Rules Governing Expungements in New Jersey

There are certain rules about whether or not you are eligible for an expungement based on your record and the time that has elapsed since the offense was committed. Here is some basic information:

  • Expungement of an arrest not resulting in a conviction (charge dismissed or not guilty verdict): There is no waiting period, the charge can be expunged immediately.
  • Expungement of a municipal ordinance violation: Two (2) year waiting period from the date of the plea
  • Expungement of a disorderly persons offense: Five (5) year waiting period from the date of the plea
  • Expungement of an indictable (felony) charge: Five (5) year waiting period from the date of the plea
  • Expungement of an arrest after completion of PTI or the Conditional discharge program: Six (6) month waiting period after the successful completion of the program. You have no criminal record after you complete the program but the arrest record remains which can still be expunged after six (6) months.

For additional information on an expungement in New Jersey, contact our offices anytime for a free consultation at (201)556-1571.

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With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

We will examine every facet of your case in order to defend your constitutional rights and reputation.  

With a dedicated legal advocate to assist you, our attorneys will ensure that you are never forced to navigate the complex legal process on your own.

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Areas We Serve

Bergen County, Essex County, Morris County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Somerset County including Morristown, Denville, Dover, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Hackensack, East Rutherford, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Garfield, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Palisades Park, Paramus, Ridgefield Park, Saddle Brook, Teaneck, Clifton, and Wayne.


Hackensack Location

254 State Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Morristown Location

55 Madison Avenue Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

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