On December 4, 2015, Randolph H. Wolf was selected to teach an expungement seminar on behalf of the Monmouth County Bar Association. The seminar was taught to approximately 30-40 other New Jersey lawyers who were interested in learning more about expungements in New Jersey in return for continuing legal education (“CLE”) credit. During the lecture, Mr. Wolf talked about the expungement process in New Jersey, eligibility requirements, and recent expungement case law and developments.
With respect to recent expungement law developments, Mr. Wolf discussed three of the most recent New Jersey Supreme Court decisions regarding expungements. The first two cases Mr. Wolf discussed included In the Matter of the Expungement Petition of J.S. and In the Matter of the Expungement of the Criminal Records of G.P.B. In those cases, the Court addressed the “crime spree” exception to expungements in New Jersey. There the Court made clear that the expungement statute in New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 2C:52-2, only allows the expungement of a single conviction arising from multiple offenses only if the offenses occurred as part of a single, uninterrupted criminal event. Thus, the decision severely limited the “crime spree” exception that existed under prior case law. For more information on these decisions, read our prior post here: “Crime Spree” Convictions No Longer Eligible for Expungement in New Jersey.
Mr. Wolf also discussed In the Matter of Expungement Application of D.J.B., a case that Mr. Wolf himself argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court. There the Court was considering whether or not juvenile adjudications could be used to bar subsequent adult convictions. Mr. Wolf talked about the procedural history leading up to that case along with the arguments he made both in his brief and during oral argument before the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Supreme Court in D.J.B. ultimately agreed with Mr. Wolf’s arguments and held that juvenile adjudications could not bar the expungement of adult convictions. For more information on the Court’s decision in D.J.B., read our prior posts here: New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Opinion in In the Matter of Expungement Application of D.J.B; Oral Argument Before the New Jersey Supreme Court; and The Law Office of Randolph Wolf to Argue Expungement Case Before the New Jersey Supreme Court. You can also read the entire Supreme Court decision in D.J.B. here: In the Matter of the Expungement Application of D.J.B.
Randolph H. Wolf and the attorneys at theWolf Law have over 35 years of experience representing clients throughout the expungement process in New Jersey. Our firm represents hundreds of expungement cases on a yearly basis. We also represent clients during expungement appeals before the New Jersey Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. If you are in need of an expungement lawyer or an expungement appeal attorney, contact us today at 732-741-4448 for a free consultation.