Want to Expunge a Criminal Record in New Jersey?
Learn More from a New Jersey Expungement Lawyer
The ramifications of criminal charges in New Jersey can negatively impact your life long after the case itself is resolved, regardless of the outcome. For example, a charge on your criminal record can become an impediment when you are seeking employment, applying to become a coach for a youth sports team, or even attempting to adopt a child. Unbeknownst to many, even in cases in which the charges are ultimately dismissed, a record of the initial arrest and the original charge and/or charges remains, and as such, will appear on a criminal background check. Fortunately, New Jersey provides a legal solution for eligible applicants through a process called an expungement, a service Travis J. Tormey and the New Jersey expungement lawyers at The Tormey Law Firm provide for their clients on a regular basis.
Depending on the circumstances of your previous case or cases, you may be able to expunge any documentation of the arrests, criminal complaints issued against you, and even convictions for certain offenses, allowing you the move on with your life with a truly clean slate. 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 and his team have assisted countless clients with successfully expunging their criminal records.
How Do You Expunge a Criminal Record in New Jersey?
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 New Jersey expungement attorney who can 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. Our NJ expungement lawyers are available anytime to discuss your potential eligibility for an expungement in New Jersey. Simply contact the offices of The Tormey Law Firm at (201)-556-1570 for a free consultation.
Types of New Jersey Expungements
Access the following pages to view the various types of expungements which may be available to you in New Jersey:
- Expungement of an Arrest
- Expungement of a Municipal Ordinance
- Expungement of a Petty Disorderly and/or Disorderly Persons Offense
- Expungement of an Indictable Felony
- Expungement of a Diversionary Program (i.e. Pretrial Intervention, Conditional Discharge, or Conditional Dismissal)
When it comes to the process for expunging an arrest and/or charge that was dismissed from your record, there is going to be an automated expungement system for dismissals, acquittals, and discharges. In 2020, New Jersey approved new expungement legislation which stipulates that the record of an individual’s arrest and charge for a disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense will be automatically removed from all NJ government databases when the charge is dismissed or the individual is acquitted. Minor marijuana possession convictions have also been included under the new umbrella for expungement eligibility, with the courts instructed to seal these convictions once disposed, and all marijuana convictions become immediately eligible for expungement.
What Criminal Charges Can be Expunged in New Jersey?
Below is a List of Some of the Offenses that May be Eligible for Expungement in New Jersey:
- Drug (CDS) offenses
- Disorderly conduct
- Simple assault
- Criminal mischief
- Possession of a fake ID
- Underage Possession of Alcohol
- Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution
NJ Offenses that Cannot be Expunged
New Jersey Law Prohibits the Expungement of Certain Offenses, Some of which Include:
- Homicide/Murder (with the exception of vehicular homicide)
- Luring or enticing
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Aggravated criminal sexual contact
- Arson and related crimes
- Endangering the welfare of a child (by sexual conduct)
Contact New Jersey Expungement Attorneys for a Free Consultation
An expungement can significantly improve your life, creating opportunities which may have otherwise been out of your reach, even if you were ultimately found “not guilty.” Contact The Tormey Law Firm today to find out if you’re eligible for an expungement in New Jersey and change your life for the better. Our New Jersey expungement lawyers can be reached at (201)-556-1570 and always provides consultations free of charge.