Changes to New Jersey Expungement Law
New Jersey passed new expungement law in October 2018 that contains several key changes. The new law allows many more New Jerseyans to expunge criminal records. New Jersey courts currently process about 10,000 expungement applications every year. This new law will likely increase that number by almost double.
There are a number of changes to the law, but the most notable changes include:
- You can now expunge more convictions from your record.
- Waiting periods for expungement have been significantly reduced.
These are important changes that should benefit a large number of people with criminal records in New Jersey. For a felony-level offense, the waiting period was reduced from 10 years to 6 years. Furthermore, applicants may also ask a court to expunge up to 4 convictions.
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Move Forward in Life Without a Criminal Record
Many people in America understand how difficult it can be to have a criminal record. An expungement provides an opportunity to move forward in life without a record. Without a criminal record you can confidently apply for jobs, housing, licenses, and a variety of opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be available to you.
NJ expungements can also restore gun rights in many situations. In many cases, the offense does not need to be reported when applying for a state gun permit if expunged. The process can be complicated to those unfamiliar with the New Jersey law. Your best option is to hire an attorney who is experienced helping clients expunge New Jersey criminal records.
The first step is to see whether you qualify to expunge your record under these new laws. Our attorneys have developed a free, confidential eligibility test that is a great tool to get started. You can also give our legal staff a call at (844) 947-3732 to discuss your options.