Expungements

New Jersey is at the forefront of the criminal restoration movement, which seeks to allow individuals who may have committed a mistake when they were young to seek to have their records sealed. Such a sealing process in New Jersey is called expungement. In the last 10 years, New Jersey has taken steps to expand the availability of expungements. A wide variety of crimes, both felonies and misdemeanors, called indictable offenses and disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey, can now be expunged. The law has been improved so much that even multiple indictable offenses and multiple disorderly persons offenses may possibly be expunged after a period of time. In the past, only one indictable offense was expungable – now more than one can possibly be expunged. Generally, for an indictable offense, there is a five-year waiting period from when the case is completed. For a disorderly persons offense, there is generally a three-year waiting period.

In addition, New Jersey is at the forefront of another revolutionary development called Clean Slate. Under the so-called Clean State law, after a period of 10 years of no convictions whatsoever an individual can apply to have their entire record expunged. Of course, there are certain offenses, such as murder, serious sexual assaults and serious drug offenses, that have been and remain non-expungable. The expungement, if granted, can result in a client having no criminal record and being able to indicate that to employers, colleges and other entities. Once an expungement is granted, the State of New Jersey will certify to applicants that the individual has no record whatsoever.

Expungement can be a complex process and is best done with the assistance of an attorney. The office of Paul Brickfield has been handling expungements for the past 30 years and has succeeded in getting many expungements granted. The office of Paul Brickfield stands ready to consult with you as to whether you qualify for an expungement and, if so, to guide you through the process.