Last December, the state of New Jersey announced major changes to expungement laws that went into effect on October 1, 2018. The new expungement law results in a shorter waiting period to be eligible for an expungement. In addition, the new law increases the number of convictions that can be expunged per individual. Of course, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine whether you are eligible for an expungement.
An outline of the major changes to New Jersey’s expungement laws is as follows:
For Felony Convictions: Individuals who wish to expunge felony convictions will have the waiting period reduced from 10 years to just 6 years.
Number of Convictions: Individuals with non-felony convictions will be able to expunge 4 convictions, as opposed to the previous 3.
Employer Discrimination: It is also important to be aware that employees are not permitted to discriminate potential employees for having an expunged criminal record
Juvenile Waiting Period: The waiting period for a juvenile expungement is reduced from 5 years to 3 years.
Benefits of Expungements
There are a number of different benefits for having a criminal record expunged. Typically, individuals with a criminal record have the unfortunate experience of having to explain themselves each time they wish to apply for housing, get a loan, and apply for jobs. An expungement can allow an individual who has since had a clean criminal record and have a fresh start on life. For a successful expungement, it is important to have an experienced attorney that understands this complicated process and can help make sure all of your documents are properly filed.
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