New Jersey Lawyers Helping You Get A Clean Record

Criminal records sometimes affect people's lives in ways they never anticipated. A criminal record can limit your ability to get a good job or go to college. It can even take away your ability to vote.

When your life has been limited by your criminal record, you still have options. Working with an attorney can help wipe your record clean. At Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law in Hackensack, New Jersey, our experienced attorneys represent people throughout northern New Jersey and the New York City area in expungement, dismissal and sealing of cases.

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One of the greatest things about the New Jersey criminal justice system is that certain individuals may have a record of their arrest or conviction wiped completely off of their record. At Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law, we will process all of the expungement petition paperwork for you so that you may not even have to go to court at all. With the April 2016 changes, you might be eligible for an expungement. Discuss your specific case with an experienced attorney.

Are You Eligible For Expungement?

If you have a conviction for a local town ordinance, it may be expunged after two years. If a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense is on your record, it may be expunged after five years. A crime may be expunged after 10 years.

We can help you determine what charges are on your criminal record and if they are eligible for expungement.

The new expungement law may be helpful to you because it reduces the amount of time you must wait to apply for an expungement. If you can demonstrate that your expungement is in the public interest, the waiting time for a crime is reduced to five years, and it is reduced to three years for a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense.

ChargeWhen Eligible for ExpungementIf Expungement Is in the Public Interest
Local ordinance

Two Years

Not Applicable
Petty disorderly persons offense

Five Years

Three Years

Disorderly persons offense

Five Years

Three Years

Crimes

Ten Years

Five Years

While crimes have historically required a 10-year waiting period before they were expunged, major changes in New Jersey expungement law are just around the corner. Starting in April 2016, the law allows anyone convicted of certain crimes to apply for expungement five years after the date of conviction, termination of probation or release from prison — whichever is later. For petty disorderly persons and disorderly persons offenses, the new laws take into account the nature of the offense, the person's character and his or her conduct since the offense was committed. We will gather all relevant information to help clear your record.

If you were not previously eligible for an expungement, you may be now. Contact us for a free consultation.

Additionally, the new law allows certain people convicted of selling and distributing drugs, or possession with the intent to sell drugs, to have their criminal past taken off of their record. This change in the law may benefit you.

A conviction, even one from several years ago, can have a significant negative impact on getting a job and other aspects of a person's life. Our attorneys will help you determine whether you are eligible for expungement. If so, we will file the appropriate paperwork and diligently represent your interests throughout the process to help ensure its success.

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Do you want your rap sheet to come up blank rather than showing that you were arrested and that the case was dismissed? Are you considering the sealing or expungement of your criminal record? Contact the New Jersey expungement lawyers at Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law by calling 201-212-4532 or by completing our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation about your criminal defense.