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THE NEW JERSEY DO-IT-YOURSELF
EXPUNGEMENT KIT
GET A NEW JERSEY EXPUNGEMENT

If you are seeking a New Jersey expungement please review the expungement overview below. Check back often or Sign Up for an email alert when the New Jersey Expungement Kit is ready.

Requirement(s) to qualify for an expungement in the state:

    Persons arrested for loitering or prowling may have their arrest record expunged if not given an opportunity to explain their circumstances or offered a credible explanation and was unjustifiably arrested.

    A person whose DNA record has been included in the state database may request expungement on the grounds that the criminal conviction on which the authority for including such person's DNA record was based has been reversed or the case dismissed, provided that such person requesting expungement has no other criminal convictions which would require DNA records to be included in the database.

  1. A person whose arrest has resulted in a finding of not guilty, or whose case was dismissed or not prosecuted.
  2. A person convicted of an offense when the petitioner has completed all the terms and conditions of the sentence and has since been convicted of no other crime, except a motor vehicle offense classified as a violation other than driving while intoxicated. Depending on the nature of the offense, a convicted person must wait a prescribed period of years before being eligible to seek annulment.

Additional restrictions on who can qualify for an expungement

In the case of arrests for loitering or prowling and DNA records of persons whose convictions are dismissed or reversed, recorded are expunged as a matter of law. No petition is required.

 

Does the law provide for sealing? What are the requirements?

Persons may seek an annulment.

Persons who may seek an annulment are as follows:

  1. A person whose arrest has resulted in a finding of not guilty, or whose case was dismissed or not prosecuted.
  2. A person convicted of an offense when the petitioner has completed all the terms and conditions of the sentence and has since been convicted of no other crime, except a motor vehicle offense classified as a violation other than driving while intoxicated. Depending on the nature of the offense, a convicted person must wait a prescribed period of years before being eligible to seek annulment.

A person convicted of a violent crime, of any crime of obstruction of justice, or of any offense for which the petitioner was sentenced to an extended term of imprisonment is not eligible for annulment. Persons convicted of more than one offense are not eligible for annulment.

What does it mean if you have a record expunged or sealed?

The process of legally destroying, obliterating or striking out records or information in files, computers and other depositories relating to criminal charges.

The person whose record is annulled shall be treated in all respects as if he had never been arrested, convicted or sentenced, except that, upon conviction of any crime committed after the order of annulment has been entered, the prior conviction may be considered by the court in determining the sentence to be imposed, and may be counted toward habitual offender status under motor vehicle laws.

No. The records cannot be accessed for general law enforcement or civil use.

Law enforcement officers may maintain arrest and conviction records and to communicate information regarding the annulled record of arrest or conviction to other law enforcement officers for legitimate investigative purposes or in defense of any civil suit arising out of the facts of the arrest, or to the police standards and training council solely for the purpose of determining the fitness of an individual to serve as a law enforcement officer.

DNA records ordered expunged requires purging all records and identifiable information in the database pertaining to the person and destroying all samples.

Are you eligible for a New Jersey Expungement? Most crimes can be expunged. For a description of the crimes that cannot be expunged, click here .

Be sure to check the site often as we are in the process of adding the Expungement Kit for the State of New Jersey soon.


   
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