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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed or expunged in New Jersey. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice.

Read the legal policies and statutes for detailed statutory information.

Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview

Most juvenile records can be sealed two after your case, probation, or commitment ends, whichever occurred last. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request. You can submit your request before the two years have passed if you are enlisting in the U.S. military.

Most juvenile records can be expunged.

  • If charges were never filed against you, the law enforcement records of your interaction with the police may be expunged immediately after the decision not to charge you. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and the judge is required to grant your request if you meet the criteria.
  • If your charges were dismissed or you were found not delinquent (found not guilty), your record can be expunged immediately. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and the judge is required to grant your request if you meet the criteria.
  • If your case was dismissed after you completed the conditions of your supervisory treatment, conditional discharge, or conditional dismissal, your record can be expunged six months after the dismissal. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and the judge is required to grant your request if you meet the criteria.
  • If your record only has one disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense, it can be expunged at any time. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and the judge is required to grant your request if you meet the criteria.
  • If your record has only two or three disorderly or petty disorderly persons offenses, it can be expunged five years after the most recent adjudication (guilty finding), payment of fine, completion of supervision, or release from commitment, whichever occurred last. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty) of an ordinance violation, your record can be expunged at any time. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty), your record can be expunged 10 years after your case, probation, or commitment ends, whichever occurred last. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • Your entire juvenile record can be expunged five years after your case, probation, or commitment ends, whichever occurred last. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.

You may not be eligible for expungement if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record or have pending criminal or juvenile charges.

Find a Lawyer

If you think you might be eligible to have your record sealed or expunged, find a lawyer who may be able to help you. Some lawyers might help you for free, although you may still need to pay a fee to file the paperwork in court.

Court Forms and Resources

If you cannot find a lawyer to help you, you may be able to file a petition on your own using these court forms and resources.

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Contact information for legal aid organizations, bar associations, and other organizations that engage in record clearance work is provided for informational purposes only. The Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not endorse or recommend any organization or individual referenced on the site. If you are a legal service provider who offers record clearance services, please contact us.

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Legal Services of New Jersey

Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders: A Guidebook on Recent Federal New Jersey and New York State Laws Regulation and Policies that affect Re-entry Opportunities

Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders: A Guidebook on Recent Federal New Jersey and New York State Laws Regulation and Policies that affect Re-entry Opportunities

2016
Legal Action Center
Legal Action Center

New Jersey: Clearing Your Record: a Six-Step Guide to Expunging Criminal Records in New Jersey (Juvenile and Adult)

New Jersey: Clearing Your Record: a Six-Step Guide to Expunging Criminal Records in New Jersey (Juvenile and Adult)

2017
Legal Services of New Jersey

New Jersey: Criminal History Records Information (Adult)

New Jersey: Criminal History Records Information (Adult)

New Jersey State Police

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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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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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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Records relating to a municipal ordinance violations can be expunged by the court two years after sentence completion for a person without any prior or subsequent criminal conviction. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-4. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a conviction for prostitution, loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution, or a similar local ordinance can be vacated and expunged by the court if the petitioner's participation in the offense was a result of having been a victim of human trafficking. N.J. Stat. § 2C:44-1.1(a)(1). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to criminal offenses that were discharged following a term of special probation can be expunged by the court. N.J. Stat. § 2C:35-14(m). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to cases discharged from a term of special probation prior to April 18, 2016, can be expunged by the court if the person has successfully completed the special probation before that date and has no subsequent conviction. N.J. Stat. § 2C:35-14(m)(5). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records related to an arrest and charge are expunged six months after case dismissal following supervisory treatment, conditional discharge, or conditional dismissal program. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-6(c). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of an arrest and conviction containing the name of an identity theft victim as the perpetrator of a crime can be deleted, sealed, labeled, or corrected to remove the name of such victim. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-32.1. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records related to an arrest and charge not resulting in a conviction are ordered expunged upon termination of the case or petition. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-6.
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Records relating to a juvenile delinquency complaint may be vacated and sealed upon petition, so long as two years have elapsed since final discharge from custody or supervision, or since the entry of any other court order not involving custody or supervision, and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:4A-62(a). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to an adjudication of delinquency can be sealed upon petition if the person is enlisted in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:4A-62(b). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to an adjudication that would have constituted a crime if committed by an adult can be expunged upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event and at least 10 years have elapsed from the date of the most recent adjudication or completion of all disposition requirements, whichever is later. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-4.1(a)(1). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to only one adjudication that would have constituted a disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense if committed by an adult can be expunged upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-4.1(a)(2). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating only two or three adjudications that would have constituted disorderly or petty disorderly persons offenses if committed by an adult can be expunged upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event and at least five years have elapsed from the most recent adjudication, payment of fine, completion of probation, or release from commitment, whichever is later. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-4.1(a)(2). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to an adjudication that would have constituted an ordinance violation if committed by an adult can be expunged upon petition. N.J. Stat. § 2C:52-4.1(a)(3). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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The entire record relating to delinquency adjudications can be expunged upon petition, so long as three years have elapsed and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:52-4.1(b). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a delinquency matter that was dismissed or the person was found not delinquent can be expunged upon dismissal so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:52-4.1(c). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a delinquency matter that was dismissed following a program of supervisory treatment, conditional discharge, or conditional dismissal can be expunged six months after dismissal, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:52-6. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to an arrest for which charges were not filed can be expunged upon petition any time following the decision not to charge the person. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:52-4.1(c). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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