We can determine whether you qualify for expungements and we offer free initial consultations with attorney Morrell. Eric Morrell will listen to your circumstances and discuss the options available to you. The professionals at our office have extensive knowledge of the laws and procedures governing expungements. We handle all matters necessary to complete the process including preparation and filing of all necessary documentation and representation during hearings.
New legislation has been passed by the Senate regarding the expungement process in New Jersey. The new changes are part of an effort to shorten the waiting period of expungement eligibility and to increase the number of convictions that may be expunged. Recent changes include:
- The standard waiting period for expungement eligibility has been decreased from 10 years to 6 years from the time of your conviction for a criminal offense
- Eligibility for individuals convicted of marijuana offenses has been expanded to allow the expungement of 4th Degree crimes based on the amount of less than one ounce of marijuana or less than five grams of hashish
- An individual may now expunge up to four disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses
- An individual with one or more convictions for crimes, disorderly persons offenses, or petty disorderly persons offenses, who had previously had criminal charges dismissed following the completion of a supervisory treatment or diversion program, is now eligible for an expungement
Generally, the waiting period to expunge an indictable offense will be reduced from 6 years to 5 years, and disorderly persons/petty disorderly persons will be reduced from 5 years to 3 years. It is our understanding that if you were accepted into and completed Drug Court, you can also expunge your entire criminal record. This is all done with the discretion of the County Prosecutor’s Office.
People who previously were not eligible for an expungement could now possibly have it done much earlier. If you or someone you know wants to expunge their record, and want more information about the process, please contact our offices at 732-249-9933.