For the plain vanilla expungement, the fee that Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ charge is $885.00. Here is what “plain vanilla” means:
- You have been charged with an offense on not more than two occasions;
- There will be no objections from the prosecutor or other government agencies;
- The full waiting period has been satisfied;
- You were never convicted of distributing or possessing with intent to distribute a so-called controlled dangerous substance;
- Investigation needs are not inordinate; and
- The expungement Petition is not one that must be filed in Camden County.
- You were charged with an offense on exactly one occasion;
- The charge was dismissed;
- You provide Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ with a disposition letter from the court that reflects the dismissal, OR you obtain and provide them with a criminal history obtained from the FBI. Our Your Arrest History page guides you through obtaining this history; and
- All other requirements for the $885.00 fee are satisfied.
Subject to those premises, those $685.00 and $885.00 figures are all-inclusive. They include court filing fee where applicable, as well as postage for the numerous notices that they must send by certified mail. And it includes their guarantee. Most expungements are that amount. If your expungement is one that must be filed in Camden County, their flat fee is $4,000.00. This amount also includes expenses unless it is an “early pathway” or other “public interest” expungement.
For “early pathway” and other “public interest” cases, Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ charge $4,000.00. They discuss payment arrangements for these public interest expungements on another page on this site. This $4,000.00 amount, or some in-between figure, may also apply to the situation where one or more persons or agencies object to the granting of the expungement. It depends on the nature of the objection.
Unlike the no-special-issues situation, the $4,000.00 charge on these more complex expungements is not all-inclusive. Payment for special out-of-pocket items such as court transcripts and, possibly, investigation expenses, will typically add to the cost. Note also that these costs are for expungement of criminal records. Costs for expungement of mental health records are discussed on a different page. And these cost figures apply only to work on the initial application. In the rare case where an appeal is needed, additional costs apply.
Even where it is not necessary to satisfy a judge that granting a particular expungement application is in the public interest, circumstances can raise the fee beyond the basic $885.00. One example of such circumstances would be presence of numerous arrests, whether in New Jersey or elsewhere. Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ must determine and analyze each arrest, regardless of whether it can be expunged. After this determination and analysis, they must then incorporate the details into the expungement petition that they draft. “Numerous,” means any number of arrests greater than two.
“Arrest,” as used here, does not require an actual taking into custody. “Arrest,” rather, means the filing of one or more charges on separate occasions. In most cases, each arrest beyond the initial two will add $400.00 to the fee. Thus the fee for three arrests will be $1,285.00; for four arrests, $1,685.00, and so forth.
Another situation that increases fees beyond indicated above would be where inordinate efforts are required to track down information needed to draft the application. This can happen, for example, for ancient arrests where records may be difficult to track down, or where their interpretation may, because of differences over time in how events are described, be difficult.
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