A new law took effect on April 18, 2016. This new law enables expungement of numerous matters that previously could not be expunged. Read below, for details!



On January 19, 2016, Gov. Christie signed into law Bill A-206, enacted by the New Jersey Legislature. This new law contains substantial revisions to New Jersey expungement law. This new law became effective on April 18, 2016. Three aspects are of especial significance:

1. Formerly a person convicted of both an eligible crime and up to two disorderly persons offenses could get the criminal conviction expunged, but not the disorderly persons convictions. Under A-206, the Petitioner can now get expungements for both the crime AND the disorderly persons convictions.

2. The normal waiting period before a disorderly persons conviction can be expunged remains five years, just as before. BUT A-206 allows that waiting period to be shortened to three years. To obtain the benefit of that shortened period, however, the Petitioner must satisfy the judge that granting that “early pathway” expungement is “in the public interest.” This requirement is a major undertaking. Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ have been making this showing for clients ever since 2013, when “early pathway” first became available for indictable offenses. A-206 extends “early pathway” availability to disorderly persons offenses.

3. For persons who have successfully completed Drug Court, many former limitations upon what could be expunged have been eliminated. In particular, for Drug Court graduates, an unlimited number of criminal and disorderly persons convictions can now often be expunged. This is an incredible opportunity for a fresh start.

The full text of A-206 is on the website of the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts.

Note One: Because A-206 is a new law, persons who previously obtained expungement of criminal convictions may still have unexpunged disorderly persons convictions and unexpunged petty disorderly persons convictions. It may be possible to expunge these unexpunged disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons convictions. We say “may” because A-206 is worded in a way that makes this unclear. If it is possible to expunge those additional convictions, it will be necessary to file a new Petition.

Note Two: Because of the way A-206 is worded, it may be not possible to expunge disorderly persons convictions and petty disorderly persons convictions that occur after a criminal conviction is expunged.

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