Overview Description

Records relating to a conviction for an indictable offense may be expunged by the court six years after sentence completion, so long as the person has no other indictable offense convictions and no more than three disorderly person or petty disorderly person convictions. Multiple indictable offenses may be treated as one if listed in a single judgement of conviction or if offenses were "interdependent or closely related in circumstances and were committed as part of a sequence of events that took place within a comparatively short period of time." N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-2(a).
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Ineligible Category or Citation

See subsections (b) and (c) for offenses ineligible for expungement.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in Superior Court in the county of conviction. For the specific procedure, see N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-2, 2C:52-7 et seq.

Fees

 N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-29 specifies a $30 fee. May not include all associated fees.

Effect

Records are not released or utilized other than for specified purposes. The arrest and proceedings are deemed not to have occurred, and the person can answer accordingly, except in circumstances specified in section N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-27.

Forms

For information regarding clearing a record in New Jersey, visit here.

Waiting Periods

The petition may be filed six years after sentence completion, including payment of any fine. For situations in which the petition may be filed sooner, see N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-2(a).

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