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New Jersey’s 2020 Expungement Changes | What to Know

A criminal record can have severe repercussions on an individual’s life. That is why if you have one and would like to learn more about expungement, you should reach out to our skilled firm today. Our dedicated Bergen County criminal defense attorneys are prepared to represent you in whatever matter you are facing.

What is expungement?

The state of New Jersey defines expungement as the process by which all records concerning a criminal offense are removed from an individual’s record. It is important to understand that this does not mean that the case disappears, just that only a limited number of government agencies will have access to the information after expungement and only for restricted purposes. Keep in mind that only certain criminal offenses may be expunged.

To learn more about expungement in New Jersey, do not wait to reach out to our skilled firm today. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience required to ensure that you and your future are protected. Give us a call today to get started.

What are the 2020 changes to New Jersey’s expungement law?

The New Jersey laws on expungement have been altered effective in 2020. If your conviction is eligible, you will want to take note of the following modifications:

  • If you have received an inapplicable conviction before your most recent conviction, you may now have the most current conviction expunged as long as it is qualified for expungement.
  • Many marijuana-related convictions will now be considered disorderly persons offenses rather than criminal convictions when it comes to expungement. This will extend the number of marijuana convictions that a person may expunge.
  • You now only have to wait 5 years from the realization of your punishment to request an expungement.
  • “Early pathways” expungements allow for a person to petition for expungement within 4 years of the completion of the sentence.
  • You are now able to have up to five disorderly persons convictions expunged from your record.
  • The “clean slate” expungement will allow people to erase all expugnable offenses 10 years after their most recent conviction.

Do not wait to reach out to our firm today if you have a criminal record and are looking at expungement as an option. At The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway, our Bergen County criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that our client’s rights are prioritized. Contact us today to get started on your case.

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Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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