Yes, you can, under certain circumstances. A criminal conviction in New Jersey can be a serious stain on your life and prevent you from getting a job or other pursuits in life. That is why there is a provision to expunge (wipe out) the conviction if you meet the criteria. There are some exceptions, convictions you can't wipe out, but it is worth looking into.
What Are the Requirements?
As I said, there are crimes that can be wiped out under certain circumstances. This is done through a "petition for expungement" if you meet the following requirements:
- It has been at least ten years from the date of your conviction, or the date on which the sentence was completed, whichever is later;
- An accelerated expungement may be available if at least 5 years have passed, you have not been convicted of any subsequent offense, and the court finds that an expungement is in the public interest given your character and conduct;
- You do not have more than one criminal conviction;
- You have not had more than two disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense convictions.
- You have not had a previous criminal or disorderly persons expungement
- There are no pending criminal, disorderly persons, or petty disorderly persons prosecutions
- There are no pending lawsuits involving the crime where NJ is a party
Also, if you have a criminal and disorderly persons conviction, only the criminal conviction can be expunged.
Expungements are great, but there are limits. You can have one of these wiped out.
So What Do I Do?
Petitions for expungement can be very helpful, but they are not something you should try on your own. If you live in southern New Jersey, and are looking to "clean up your act" and get the skeletons out of your closet, please feel free to call me at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site for a free consultation in my Woodbury office to discuss your options.