When a prosecutor objects to a New Jersey expungement application, it's not the end of the matter; it may be only the beginning! Do not just throw in the towel; get a second opinion. Get this second opinion from a lawyer knowledgeable in New Jersey expungement law.

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Most Expungement applications proceed smoothly. Although expungement applications require great attention to detail, processing, more often than not, is uneventful. Some expungement applications, however, find rough sailing. This rough sailing can arise from a variety of reasons, as we explain on this page.

N.J.S. 2C:52-24 requires the county prosecutor in the county where expungement is sought to verify the accuracy of the information in the applicant's expungement petition. A second responsibility is for the prosecutor to determine any actual or possible legal bars to expungement. N.J.S. 2C:52-24 requires the prosecutor to advise the court of its findings.

As indicated elsewhere, New Jersey expungement law contains many ambiguities. When an expungement application rises or falls upon how those ambiguities are resolved, prosecutors typically interpret those ambiguities against the applicant, and object. Their objections, however, do not end the matter. Quite the contrary, those objections are where things begin to get interesting.

We should mention at the outset that prosecutorial objections are often valid. When the objection is one that is valid, the applicant must respond appropriately. “Appropriately” may mean correcting the deficiency, if the deficiency is one that can be cured. It may also mean withdrawing the application if the deficiency is one that cannot be cured.

When the prosecutor objects for invalid reasons, or on account of interpreting an ambiguity adversely to the applicant, the applicant has several options. Sometimes satisfying the prosecutor will entail nothing more than changing wording on the expungement papers and resubmitting them. While some prosecutorial objections arise from legitimate ambiguities, other prosecutorial objections are based upon nothing more than arrogance. It is with great glee that these objecting prosecutors present hoops through which applicants, or their lawyers, must jump. One county in particular is notorious for such objections.

Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ fight outrageous objections. Unfortunately, such fights have two costs. The first cost is monetary. Economic realities force Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ to charge clients for the time and effort involved, not to mention loss of sleep. These costs can be large. Clients often lack the ability or the desire to incur such expenses.

The second cost is delay. Persons who seek expungement typically do so on account of a specific need. Even when applications proceed smoothly, the entire process takes many months. Fighting the prosecutor in court can only add to that. Clients seldom have the patience or the ability to endure such delay. So applicants and their lawyers jump through these hoops, that being the path of least resistance.

Occasionally, however, prosecutors' interpretation of the expungement statutes cause them to contend that the applicant is flat out ineligible for the expungement. More often than not (although certainly not always), these prosecutors are sincere in their interpretations of the statute. Prosecutorial sincerity or not, applicants' options are more limited. Unless able to persuade these prosecutors to change their position (Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ sometimes are able to do that), only two options remain. These two remaining options are to fight the prosecutor in court, or withdraw the application.

Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ take situations such as these to the mats. However, they choose their battles carefully. For that reason, more often than not, they prevail. Sometimes they obtain victory from the judge at the county level. On other occasions, they have to go through an appeal in order to finally obtain for their clients the relief they deserve. Some of the issues on which Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ prevailed, with related materials, are listed below. (In all cases, to protect client anonymity, we identify clients only by initials, or use pseudonyms.)

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Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ welcome the opportunity to assist persons to expunge their records. Their initial review of a case usually provides a fairly good indication of whether the expungement application is likely to encounter difficulty.

As mentioned above, most cases proceed smoothly. For those cases that do encounter difficulty, Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ possess the knowledge, skill and experience needed to maximize the likelihood of an ultimately successful outcome. Call them!

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