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Expungement Attorneys in Somerset County NJ

Having a criminal history can cause all sorts of problems. It can prevent someone from gaining meaningful employment, receiving a promotion, obtaining professional licenses and can even cost someone their job. That is why it is crucial that once an individual is able to erase their criminal history that they take advantage of it. Expungements are anything but quick in New Jersey. In fact, at a minimum, the expungement process will take three months. If you have been convicted of a crime in Somerset County or else where in New Jersey and you would like to speak to one of our expungement defense lawyers about your options, then please contact us at (908)-533-1064 or contact us online.

Expungement laws are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:52 and as you will see, they are anything but straightforward. In fact, simply understanding what offenses are expungeable and when can be confusing, even for an attorney. Not only does New Jersey make certain crimes non-expungable but they also set different time frames for eligibility purposes, depending not on the type of offense in question but the degree of the offense. If you have been convicted of a crime like possession of marijuana, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, theft, simple assault, possession of heroin or aggravated assault and would like to know if you are eligible for an expungement in New Jersey, then please contact us at (908)-533-1064. We serve all of Somerset County, including towns like Warren, Hillsborough, Bernards, Bernardsville, Bridgewater, South Bound Brook, Bound Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung. As always, our initial consultations are free of cost, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 

When Can I get an Expungement in NJ?

Now here is some key information on expungements in New Jersey, including the time frames for eligibility.

  • Arrests not Resulting in a Criminal Conviction:
    • Anyone looking to expunge an arrest under this subsection will not have to wait any specific period prior to filing.
  • Township / Borough Ordinances
    • Anyone looking to expunge a Borough Ordinance will need to wait at least two years from entry of the guilty plea before filing for an expungement.
  • Diversionary Program: PTI / Conditional Discharge / Conditional Dismissal
    • To expunge a diversionary program in New Jersey the individual must first wait at least six months prior to filing for the expungement.
  • Disorderly Persons Offenses: New Jersey version of a Misdemeanor
    • In order to expunge a disorderly persons offense under this subsection the individual will need to wait at least three years prior to filing for an expungement.
  • Indictable {Felony} Offense:
    • In order to expunge a felony in New Jersey the individual will need to wait at least five years prior to filing for an expungement if good cause can be shown, if not the individual must wait 10 years.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record in NJ

Whether you have participated in the conditional discharge program or been convicted of a criminal offense like simple assault, harassment, receiving stolen property, possession of cocaine or shoplifting, the Somerset County criminal defense attorneys at Proetta & Oliver can help expunge your record. Although the courts have made it easier over the years to expunge criminal records in New Jersey, they can still become rather complicated at times. As such it is recommended that you speak to an attorney about your options. Our office serves all of New Jersey, including Somerset County, including Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Franklin, Somerset, Watchung, Warren, Manville and Somerville. We are available at (908)533-1064 for a free initial consultation.