New Jersey’s “Clean Slate” Law Greatly Expands Expungement Eligibility

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On December 18, 2019, Governor Murphy signed Senate Bill 4154 into law. Effective June 15, 2020, many individuals, who were previously ineligible for expungement will now be permitted to take advantage of this significant change in the law. The Clean Slate provision permits individuals who would otherwise be ineligible to have their criminal records expunged to obtain an expungement of a crime, offense or multiple crimes and offenses after the expiration of ten years. Specifically, the Clean Slate provision states:

“Clean slate” expungement by petition. a. A person, who is not otherwise eligible to present an expungement application pursuant to any other section of chapter 52 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes or other section of law, may present an expungement application to the Superior Court pursuant to this section if the person has been convicted of one or more crimes, one or more disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses, or a combination of one or more crimes and offenses under the laws of this State, unless the person has a conviction for a crime which is not subject to expungement pursuant to subsection b. or c. of N.J.S.2C:52-2. The person may present an application pursuant to this section regardless of whether the person would otherwise be ineligible pursuant to subsection e. of N.J.S.2C:52-14 for having had a previous criminal conviction expunged, or due to having been granted an expungement pursuant to this or any other provision of law.

  1. The person, if eligible, may present the expungement application after the expiration of a period of ten years from the date of the person’s most recent conviction, payment of any court-ordered financial assessment, satisfactory completion of probation or parole, or release from incarceration, whichever is later.

There are many nuances to New Jersey’s Expungement statute- contact the attorneys at Agre & St. Johnto discuss your specific case and determine your eligibility and take advantage of this beneficial change in the law. Call us today at 856-454-8674 or contact us online.

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