In the past, it was difficult for people in New Jersey to get criminal charges expunged from their records. A crime you committed years ago could linger on your record, making it difficult to get a job or rent an apartment. Fortunately, a law that was issued in October 2018 has made it easier for people to get old charges taken off their records.
How hard is it to expunge a criminal record?
In the past, people had to wait ten years before they could get convictions expunged from their records. With the 2018 law, you only have to wait six years before you can start talking to criminal law attorneys about the possibility of expungement. The reduction in the waiting period makes it easier for people to move on with their lives after they’ve served their time.
The new criminal law also increases the number of convictions that can be taken off your record. Now you can get up to four minor offenses expunged from your record. This new law also combines convictions that were part of a single incident, which allows people to get more indictable charges expunged from their criminal records.
Before 2018, it was nearly impossible to get drug-related convictions expunged. The 2018 law made it possible to expunge certain marijuana-related convictions. However, this only applies to people who were caught selling less than five grams of pot. Anything more than that is still not eligible for expungement.
Finally, people don’t have to wait until they’ve paid restitution before they’re eligible for expungement. They can apply for expungement even if they still owe restitution payments, which is good for people who live in low-income areas.
What is expungement?
Expungement is the process of taking old criminal convictions off your record so they don’t affect your life in the future. Not all convictions are eligible for expungement, and there are multiple barriers in the way. But if you successfully apply for expungement, you’ll be able to move on with your life without your past haunting you. An attorney could help you through the expungement process.