If you are a New Jersey resident with a criminal record, you may wish to seek an expungement. An expungement is essentially the removal of items from your criminal record. If this is approved, it is as though you never had the criminal activity on your record in the first place. Receiving an expungement can be highly beneficial to you when looking for a new job, moving to a new residence, requesting credit, or when wishing to sign up for classes.
The New Jersey Courts explains that even though many aspects of the criminal process for adults and for juveniles differ, the process for requesting an expungement is the same. In fact, if you have both juvenile and adult records on file, you may request them to be expunged at the same time. It is important to note that records of some crimes are not able to be eliminated. Examples include rape, kidnapping, homicide, child welfare endangerment, and robbery.
When preparing to file a Petition for Expungement Order, detailed information must be obtained. The petition must provide the exact date on which you were arrested, the related statutes, the offense with which you were charged, and any identifying information such as a court docket number or a warrant number. In addition, providing a conviction, dismissal or other disposition date will be required. Once your petition is filed, a hearing on the matter should take place within 35 to 60 days.
If you would like to learn more about what crimes are eligible for expungement and how to request an expungement, visit the New Jersey juvenile and adult conviction removal page on our website.