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What is an "expungement" of NJ charges, arrests or convictions?

Have you had a "youthful transgression" in New Jersey that you regret and wish would go away? Is it interfering with you getting a job or moving on with your life? Then perhaps an expungement of the charges would be in order!

But what is an expungement? Well, it is defined as being "the extraction and isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement or criminal justice agency concerning a person's detection, apprehension, arrest, detention, trial, or disposition of an offense within the criminal justice system."

Translated from the legalese, this means the wiping out of minor criminal convictions or arrests from the public record. Once it is entered, the arrest, conviction, and any proceedings related to the offense are deemed never to have taken place (with some exceptions).

What Sorts of Things Can Be Expunged?

An expungement can wipe away a multitude of sins, including:

  • Disorderly or petty disorderly persons offenses (misdemeanors)
  • Violations of municipal ordinances
  • Arrests of any felony, misdemeanor, or ordinance where there was no conviction

Expungements are a one-shot deal, so they should be used only once. If you are looking to "clean up your act" and get the skeletons out of your closet, this can be just the thing!

Can You Help?

If you live in southern New Jersey and would like to get an expungement, I would be happy to help! Feel free to call me at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site for a free consultation in my Woodbury office.

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Steven J. Richardson
Bankruptcy, Collections, Student Loan, DUI and Traffic Court attorney in Woodbury, NJ.