New Jersey Expungements
An expungement can mean freeing yourself from the burden of a past mistake. Having your record expunged in New Jersey means having a legal procedure to have the records of a criminal offense sealed by the courts.
Expungements are only available for offenses that are more than 5 or 10 years old, with no further criminal activity.
New Jersey expungements will make past offenses hidden in police and federal criminal databases for the purposes of background checks. Expunged records are not destroyed however, they are segregated. When ordinary record searches are made, records kept in these special locations are not accessed. Thus the results of this ordinary search will be a return of “No Record.”
Can an Expunged Record Still Be Found?
In New Jersey, an expunged record can only be accessed if you are applying for employment in the judicial branch of government, seeking a conditional discharge after having had a previous charge expunged, or on sentencing for convictions for new offenses following the expungement.
To read more of the statutes for expungements in New Jersey, and what crimes are may not be eligible, check out the New Jersey Expungement Statutes. Expungement laws are slightly different in states like Pennsylvania. And not all states even allow criminal records to be removed.
In some states, records are sealed, but it is still visible that there is a sealed record, even though the contents and charges are not viewable.
The best way to find out if you are eligible to expunge or otherwise protect the privacy of your criminal record is to speak with an experienced attorney.