• In New Jersey, expungements are used to get any history of these convictions or arrests off of a criminal record; if a background check is ever conducted the searching agency does not find any history of arrest or conviction.
  • An experienced attorney will fill out a petition as well as other forms that are submitted to the court along with a filing fee. The court forwards that to the prosecutor’s office, it’s looked over, and a hearing date is given approximately a month and a half after filing.
  • The judge will forward back to the attorney the paperwork signed off with an order indicating to all the agencies involved in your arrest and potential conviction that the history of that arrest and conviction should be expunged from your records.
  • The attorney will mail that order to the agencies that existed in the beginning of the case and sometime later you will receive a letter from the police indicating the expungement.
  • No everyone is eligible for expungement; if you believe you are, contact an experienced expungement attorney in New Jersey.

Oftentimes, I’m contacted by a client whose criminal case has been completed. Whether that case resulted in a conviction or a dismissal of the criminal charges or a misdemeanor or municipal ordinance or completion of PTI, the question I’m often asked is, “How do I do an expungement?” Here in New Jersey, we use expungements to get any history of these convictions or arrests off of our criminal records. If a background check of us is ever conducted, the searching agency does not find a history of arrest or conviction.

In New Jersey the way an expungement works is an experienced attorney will fill out a petition as well as other forms that are submitted to the court along with a filing fee. The court forwards that to the prosecutor’s office, it’s looked over, and a hearing date is given approximately a month and a half after filing. In most cases, that hearing date is a mere formality where the judge will forward back to the attorney the paperwork signed off with an order indicating to all the agencies involved in your arrest and potential conviction that the history of that arrest and conviction should be expunged from your records. Your attorney would then mail out that order to all those same agencies that existed in the beginning of your case. Some time later you would receive, or your attorney would receive, a letter from the State Police indicating your record has been expunged.

Not everyone who’s been convicted of multiple crimes is eligible for an expungement, but most are. I would suggest that if you believe that your case has been completed and you are or should be eligible for an expungement, that you contact an experienced expungement attorney and discuss the particular facts and circumstances of your case as each is different. If you believe that you are eligible for an expungement, you probably are and a brief phone or in person consultation with an experienced attorney here in New Jersey will determine whether you are correct.
Keith Hirschorn, P.C., is an experienced criminal defense attorney working throughout the state of New Jersey. If you have any questions regarding your expungement case, call the law office to set up a free initial consultation.