What You Need to Know About the 2020 Changes to New Jersey’s Expungement Law

There are few things worse than having a criminal record as it can hinder several aspects of your life, particularly when it comes to applying for jobs. However, in New Jersey, many people with criminal records have the option of petitioning the court for an expungement. Please continue reading and speak with our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys to learn more about the 2020 changes to expungement rules in New Jersey and whether you are eligible. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is expungement?

Expungement is the process by which all records regarding a criminal will be removed from your record. This does not mean that the case disappears – it means that only a limited number of government agencies will have access to the information after expungement and only for limited purposes. However, only certain criminal offenses may be expunged.

What are the 2020 changes to New Jersey’s expungement law?

If you are eligible for expungement, the New Jersey expungement laws were revised in 2020 as follows:

  • If you have received an unrelated conviction prior to your most recent conviction, you may now have the most recent conviction expunged as long as it is eligible for expungement.
  • Several marijuana-related convictions will now be considered disorderly persons offenses instead of criminal convictions when it comes to expungement. This will expand the number of marijuana convictions that a person may expunge.
  • You now only have to wait 5 years from the completion of your sentence to request an expungement.
  • “Early pathways” expungements allow for a person to petition for expungement within 4 years of the completion of the sentence.
  • You can now have up to five disorderly persons convictions expunged from your record.
  • The “clean slate” expungement will now allow individuals to expunge all expugnable offenses 10 years after their most recent conviction.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

If you have recently been charged with a crime, you need knowledgeable legal counsel on your side. Our firm has helped countless individuals navigate the complex legal system for years, and we are ready to provide you with the legal assistance you deserve and need to move on with your life. Contact Rem Katcher Law Group, P.C. today to learn more about how our firm can assist you through this difficult time.