A new law that went into effect today will make it easier for those who have been charged or convicted of a crime or disorderly persons offense to expunge their criminal record. (See NJ P.L. 2015, c.261). In the case of a Superior Court criminal conviction, the waiting period for expungement has been reduced from 10 years to 5 years from the individual’s sentencing date, payment of fines and penalties, conclusion of probation or parole, or release from jail, whichever is later. For Municipal Court disorderly persons offenses, the waiting period for expungement is reduced from 5 years to 3 years. The waiting period for expungement of a Municipal ordinance, 2 years, remains the same. In certain circumstances, the new law permits the expungement of criminal conviction records for those who have successfully completed Drug Court probation.
Importantly, the law does not permit expungement for offenses which could not have been expunged under the previous law. For example, Superior Court convictions of most violent crimes cannot ordinarily be expunged.
Expungement remains immediately available for those whose charges have been dismissed or for individuals who have been found not guilty after a trial, regardless of the extent of their prior record. Expungement is also available 6 months after the successful conclusion of a diversion program, such as a conditional discharge for drug offenses, or pretrial intervention.
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