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Expungement of a Disorderly or Petty Disorderly Persons Offense

New Jersey Expungement of a Disorderly Persons Offense Attorney

In New Jersey, a conviction for a disorderly persons offense or  petty disorderly persons offense (such as possession of marijuana under 50 grams, disorderly conduct, simple assault, resisting arrest, or shoplifting in some cases) on your criminal record can present limitations for your future. Why allow a minor infraction or past mistake to impede you as you attempt to secure employment, apply to become a coach for a youth sports team, or make the admirable decision to adopt a child?

Fortunately, New Jersey provides a legal solution for eligible applicants through a process called an expungement, a service Travis J. Tormey provides for his clients on a regular basis. With the help of an experienced expungement attorney like Tormey, you may be able to expunge any documentation of the arrest, criminal complaint issued against you, and ultimate conviction, allowing you the move on with your life with a truly clean slate.

If you meet the necessary criteria, a petition for expungement may be submitted to the Superior Court for approval. If the Superior Judge subsequently signs the order approving your expungement, any documentation related to the offense or offenses listed in your expungement petition is essentially eliminated. After the court enters the expungement order, you are legally permitted to respond to any questions regarding these previous arrests, charges, or convictions with the answer “No.” In addition, if potential employers, agencies, or others seek to verify your statement by a running a criminal background check in the future, you will have a clean record to prove it. It is important to note that there are two exceptions to this rule, applicable only to those pursuing employment in law enforcement or the judicial branch of government.

By enlisting an experienced criminal defense attorney like Mr. Tormey to facilitate this complex legal process, you can ensure that your expungement petition is submitted, substantiated, and resolved with the best chances for a successful outcome, and (in most cases) you never even have to appear in court.

Mr. Tormey is available anytime to discuss your potential eligibility for an expungement in New Jersey. Contact the offices of The Tormey Law Firm at (201)-556-1570 for a free consultation.

*For additional information pertaining to some of the crimes considered disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey, access the following links:

Expungement of a Disorderly or Petty Disorderly Persons Offense: N.J.S.A. 2C:52-3

The New Jersey Criminal Code authorizes the expungement of a conviction for a disorderly persons (DP) or petty disorderly persons offense (PDP), provided that the applicant meets the necessary criteria prescribed in N.J.S.A. 2C:52-3. An individual who meets the eligibility requirements enumerated in this section will become eligible for an expungement following a 5-year waiting period. It is important to note that this period will commence on the date of conviction, payment of fine, or successful completion of court-imposed conditions, whichever is latest.

N.J.S.A. 2C:52-3 provides, in pertinent part:

Any person convicted of a disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense under the laws of this State who has not been convicted of any prior or subsequent crime, whether within this State or any other jurisdiction, or of another three disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses, may, after the expiration of a period of 5 years from the date of his conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or release from incarceration, whichever is later, present a duly verified petition as provided in section 2C:52-7 hereof to the Superior Court in the county in which the conviction was entered praying that such conviction and all records and information pertaining thereto be expunged.

Eligibility Requirements for Those Seeking an Expungement for a Disorderly or Petty Disorderly Persons Offense: 

  1. 5 years have passed since the date of conviction, payment of fine, completion of probation, etc. (applies to the latest occurrence associated with the case)
  2. You have never been convicted of a felony or indictable charge
  3. You have paid all court-imposed fines

Contact an Experienced Expungement Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Even if you are convicted of more than one disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense, Attorney Travis J. Tormey can help you to expunge these cases from your criminal record if you satisfy the above requirements. Expand your opportunities exponentially by enlisting a skilled expungement lawyer if you were charged, convicted, or pleaded guilty to a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense in New Jersey. Mr. Tormey is available anytime to discuss your case or cases and expungement potential. Contact him today at (201)-556-1570 for a free consultation.

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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.

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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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