Clear Your Criminal Record Faster – Chris Christie Signs New Expungement Law!

Criminal Record ExpungementYou may have a New Jersey criminal record because of a momentary lapse in judgment in your teens or early twenties. Your criminal record could exist with a single incident of going out one night and having a few too many drinks and while intoxicated you caused damage to someone’s personal property. The next morning you wake up with a bad hang over and possibly a criminal record for disorderly conduct. A criminal record in New Jersey could impend your ability to get a job, housing or even credit. Even though this is the only time you have ever been in trouble with the police, this record will now follow you for the rest of your life. Or does it have to?

Hope for Reformed Past Offenders

In New Jersey, a criminal record of an individual are open to access by the public. It is common for employers to search these records prior to making a job offer to an applicant especially if you are going to work in education, the medical field or law enforcement. Having a criminal record is often a reason for not getting hired which is a sad reality for many reformed offenders who are trying hard to make a fresh start.

In New Jersey, expungement of criminal records is the relief available to such individuals. It is the process of erasing all past arrest, detention and conviction records. However, in New Jersey, expungement is not automatic. It requires a petition submitted to the court in the county which the crime had taken place. For example if you were arrested in Belmar on a criminal charge you would need to go to the Monmouth County Court House in Freehold to file your petition. Expungement also has a mandatory waiting period. Governor Christie signed a new law reducing the waiting periods and offers a shimmer of hope to former offenders who are keen on entering the job market. In certain circumstances, it now possible to expunge criminal convictions after just five years instead of 10 years; and expunge a disorderly person offense after waiting 3 years instead of 5 years.

Expungement Defined

New Jersey’s Code of Criminal Justice defines “Expungement” in Section 2C:52-1:

“Definition of expungement

  1. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, expungement shall mean 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.

    b. Expunged records shall include complaints, warrants, arrests, commitments, processing records, fingerprints, photographs, index cards, “rap sheets” and judicial docket records.”


There remains some exceptions to the expungement laws in New Jersey. If you were convicted of murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, armed robbery and a number of other serious crimes you will be unable to remove these crimes from your record.

Call an Experienced NJ Criminal Record Expungement Attorney

Are you looking for a fresh start and a chance to get rid of your criminal record? Contact the experienced New Jersey criminal record expungement lawyers of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. If you have a criminal record in New Jersey call 888-389-9533 today for a FREE initial consultation. We represent clients throughout New Jersey.