As of April 18, 2016, expungement law in New Jersey changed drastically to allow individuals who have successfully completed Drug Court to expunge their criminal records. According to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-14(m), those individuals who successfully complete drug court are eligible for expungement of all prior arrests, detentions, convictions, and/or proceedings for any criminal offense under Title 2C that would otherwise be expungeable. To be eligible for this broad expungement relief, the individual must meet the following three requirements:
- They must have satisfactorily completed Drug Court;
- They must not have been convicted of any crimes, disorderly person, or petty disorderly persons offenses during their term of Drug Court; and
- They must not have been convicted of an offense that is barred from expungement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-2(b). [Click here to see list] or 2C:52-2(c) [Click here to see Drug Offense Expungements]
Municipal Ordinance convictions do not fall under Title 2C and and cannot be expunged under this statute.
Drug Court Graduates after April 18, 2016 are eligible for an automatic expungement through the Drug Court and the County Prosecutor’s Office. However, if they are not doing it, Wolf Law can file the Petition on your behalf. In addition, anyone who graduated Drug Court prior to April 18, 2016, is not eligible for the automatic expungement. Again, Wolf Law would be pleased to file the Expungement Petition on your behalf. Please call us at 732-741-4448 for more information.