Overview Description

Records of specified drug offenses committed before age 21 may be expunged by the court one year after sentence completion for a person without any other drug conviction. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-5.
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Ineligible Category or Citation

This section applies only to convictions under chapters 35 or 36 of Title 2C for the possession or use of a controlled dangerous substance, violations of 2A:170-77.5, or violations of 2A:170-77.8. This section does not apply to convictions for the sale or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance or possession with the intent to sell any controlled dangerous substance except one ounce or less of marihuana or less than five grams of hashish. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-5.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in Superior Court in the county of conviction. For the specific procedure, see N.J. Stat. §§ 2C:52-5, 2C:52-7 et seq.


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


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 2C:52-27.


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Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed not less than one year after conviction, termination of probation or parole, or discharge from custody, whichever is later. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-5.

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