Which crimes are ineligible for expungement in NJ?

When an individual in New Jersey finds themselves with a criminal record, they will be subject to many consequences for years down the road. Having a criminal record can seriously impact a person’s life, including their ability to get the housing they want, the loans they want, or the jobs they want. In some cases, a person can actually have their criminal record cleared through a process that is known as expungement.

Not all individuals can have their criminal records expunged, simply due to the nature of the crime. Some of the crimes that are not eligible for an expungement in New Jersey include the following:

  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Perjury
  • Arson
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Robbery
  • The distribution, sale, or possession with the intention of distributing controlled substances

Expungements are not simply handed out by the New Jersey court system. If an individual wishes to have their criminal record expunged, they will have to submit a petition. This process is very document-heavy and requires the aid of an experienced criminal defense attorney. There is a waiting period for expungement petitions in New Jersey. Individuals with municipal violations will have to wait two years, those with disorderly persons offenses will have to wait five years, and some eligible felonies will have to wait ten years.

If you have questions about an expungement, contact our firm today.

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