Overview Description

Records relating to a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons conviction may be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion for a person with no indictable offense conviction and no more than four disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons convictions. Multiple offenses may be treated as one if convictions were entered on the same day or 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:52-3(a), (b).
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Ineligible Category or Citation

This provision applies only to convictions for disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in Superior Court in the county of conviction. For the specific procedure, see N.J. Stat. §§ 2C:52-3, 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 the circumstances specified in section 2C:52-27.


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

Waiting Periods

The petition may be filed not less than five years after sentence completion, including payment of any fine. For situations in which the petition may be filed sooner, see N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-3(b).

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