Clients:


Are you fed up with how long your expungement is taking? You have probably heard the expression “God helps those who help themselves.” You can help yourself by writing letters explaining this failure of justice. This page tells you who to write, and suggests what to put in your letter.

If only one person reading this page sends the suggested letter one time, it will produce no results. If everyone reading this page sends the suggested letters, and keeps sending them, it will grab the court's attention. Somewhere in between there is a critical mass. Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ hope that that critical mass will be reached.

The tone of your letters must be respectful. Your letters must be factual, not emotional. While your frustration is totally justified, a letter that focuses excessively upon your frustration will be counterproductive.




Persons frustrated over the failure of New Jersey State Police to process expungement applications and expungement orders can write letters. Letters should not be written to the judge handling the matter. Nor should they be written to the prosecutor reviewing the matter. Letters, rather, should go to:



Administrative Office of the Courts
Attn: Hon. Glenn A. Grant
Administrative Director of the Courts
P.O. Box 037
Trenton NJ 08625



If your application still awaits review at the prosecutor's office level, your letter should include the following:

  • The date your lawyer [name him or her] filed the application;

  • The fact that the prosecutor of the county where the application is pending has not yet reviewed the application;

  • The fact that your lawyer [name him or her] believes that the delay is on account of the prosecutor still awaiting a response from New Jersey State Police concerning the application;

  • The ways in which your not having the expungement are hurting you;

  • Your lawyer [name him or her] is available to provide additional details;

  • Will Judge Grant please investigate this delay and take appropriate action.




If the judge has already granted the expungement but New Jersey State Police is just sitting on it, your letter should include the following:

  • The date the judge granted the expungement;

  • The fact that New Jersey State Police has not yet processed the expungement order;

  • The ways in which the order not being processed are hurting you;

  • Your lawyer [name him or her] is available to provide additional details;

  • Will Judge Grant please investigate this delay and take appropriate action.




The tone of your letters must be respectful. Your letters must be factual, not emotional. While your frustration is totally justified, a letter that focuses excessively upon your frustration will be counterproductive.

Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ encourage you to write these letters about every three weeks for so long as your expungement application remains stuck in the bowels of an ossified system. Start today, and mark follow up on your calendars!



    UPDATE


Clients have adopted the suggestions above. Judge Grant has been responding by letter to clients' concerns. This is his Honor's (redacted) form letter response:



Dear [Name of Client]:

This will acknowledge receipt of your [date] letter in which you expressed frustration with the delay in the expungement process. While I can understand your frustration, I cannot intervene or advocate on your behalf regarding this matter. I am forwarding your correspondence to Lt. Michael Cerniglia of the New Jersey State Police for review and handling. Thank you.

Very truly yours,

s/Glenn A. Grant

Glenn A. Grant
Administrative Director

cc: Matthew J. Platkin, Acting Attorney General
Capt. Bradley Cherry, NJSP
Lt. Michael Cerniglia, NJSP
Allan Marain, Esq.
Steven D. Bonville, Chief of Staff
Donna Westhoven, Asst. Director




Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ responds to Judge Grant's letters as they arrive. We encourage victims of the expungement systems disgraceful delays to keep up their letter writing campaign to Judge Grant.



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