People make mistakes. New Jersey has a statute which allows for expungement of certain criminal matters. Expungement is the removal and isolation of all records of a criminal arrest and conviction. It’s very technical as to what can and cannot be expunged. Certain combinations of offenses, as well as certain offenses in and of themselves, cannot be, including murder, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, arson, perjury, distribution, sales, or the intent to sell a controlled substance. There are also certain waiting periods depending upon the outcome at court that has to be satisfied before getting your record expunged. For a disorderly persons offense, the waiting period is 5 years. Municipal offenses are expungeable after 2 years. Indictable offenses or felonies, the wait time is 10 years.
The process is document heavy
It’s very important to call an experienced attorney who can review your entire criminal record to advise you both whether your matters can be expunged and if you may have some more time to wait before it can be done. The process is document heavy. Missing information and other issues can arise quite easily. It is important to have an attorney that can help you file a Petition for Expungement, an Order of Hearing, and represent you all the way until the Expungement order is issued.
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced criminal defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding criminal charges and procedures.