Expungements of Criminal Records Are Now Even Easier to Obtain In New Jersey
August 19, 2020
Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark.
As of June 15, 2020, New Jersey has updated its expungement law, under the “Clean Slate” provisions. The Clean Slate law provides:
- Drug-related offenses resulting in a conviction are considered Disorderly Persons offenses for purposes of expungements.
- Having more than one drug offense is no longer a bar to seeking to an expungement.
- You can now expunge up to five drug offenses.
- You can now expunge five Disorderly Persons offenses instead of 4.
- The waiting period for an expungement has been lowered from six years to five years.
- Municipal court dismissal are now automatically expunged so long as they are not part of a plea deal. Prior to this a separate application was necessary.
- You can file for an expungement even if you had an expungement previously. Prior to this, you could only have one expungement ever.
- Now, if an individual avoids criminal activity for 10 years, they can apply to have their entire criminal record expunged, so long as it does not contain any statutorily non-expungable offenses. This can include multiple indictable offenses. This is what is referred to as the “Clean Slate” provision. The State is in the process to making this become an automatic expungement.
If you have a criminal record and believe you may be eligible for an expungement, contact the experienced attorneys at Hark & Hark today. Expungements have never been easier to obtain. The process is seamless and very cost effective for the benefit of wiping clean your criminal history. In light of COVID-19, we are slashing fees and offering manageable payment plans.
At Hark & Hark, we represent clients for any case in any town in New Jersey including East Windsor Township, Ewing Township, Hamilton Township, Borough of Hightstown, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, Lawrence Township, Borough of Pennington, Princeton, Robbinsville Township, City of Trenton, and West Windsor Township.