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Expungement of a Municipal Ordinance in NJ

New Jersey Expungement of a Municipal Ordinance Attorney

Any arrest, charge, or conviction can negatively impact your life, as many employers today conduct criminal background checks before hiring potential candidates. Other organizations like adoption agencies, community service organizations, and a host of others also employ these procedures. If you were convicted of  a municipal ordinance violation or initially arrested for a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense and subsequently pleaded guilty to a municipal ordinance violation (which is not considered a criminal offense but is still a violation of the law*), documentation of the arrest, the criminal charges, and/or the municipal ordinance violation will appear on your criminal record. Clearly, this can become a significant hinderance for you in the future.

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. If you meet the necessary criteria, a petition for expungement may be submitted to the Superior Court on your behalf. Upon approval, any documentation related to the offense or offenses listed in your expungement petition is essentially eliminated, which legally allows you to answer any questions regarding these previous arrests, charges, and/or convictions for municipal ordinance violations with a resounding “No.” In addition, if potential employers, agencies, or others seek to verify your statement by a running a criminal background check, 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 completing the necessary procedure associated with the expugement process, which entails filing of an expungement petition with the Superior Court of New Jersey and a series of subsequent steps, Mr. Tormey has assisted many of his clients in successfully expunging their criminal records. He 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 a comprehensive analysis of the distinction between a disorderly persons offense and a municipal ordinance in New Jersey, access the following link: Disorderly Persons Offenses vs. Municipal Ordinance Violations.

Expungement of a Municipal Ordinance: N.J.S.A. 2C:52-4

In New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 2C:52-4 details the eligibility requirements associated with the expungement of a municipal ordinance violation. According to this section, an individual who meets the specific criteria listed below will become eligible for an expungement following a 2-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:52-4 sets forth:

In all cases wherein a person has been found guilty of violating a municipal ordinance of any governmental entity of this State and who has not been convicted of any prior or subsequent crime, whether within this State or any other jurisdiction, and who has not been adjudged a disorderly person or petty disorderly person on more than two occasions, may, after the expiration of a period of 2 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 herein to the Superior Court in the county in which the violation occurred praying that such conviction and all records and information pertaining thereto be expunged.

Eligibility Requirements for Those Seeking an Expungement for a Municipal Ordinance Violation: 

  1. 2 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 crime
  3. You have been convicted of 2 or fewer disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses

Contact an Experienced Expungement Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Having a spotless criminal record can benefit many areas of your life, expanding your opportunities exponentially. If you or someone you love was charged, convicted, or pleaded guilty to a municipal ordinance violation in New Jersey, call the offices of Travis J. Tormey at (201)-556-1570 a free consultation about your case and potential eligibility for an expungement.

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Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Morristown, NJ 07960

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