New Jersey Expungement Waiting Periods
If you have previously been convicted of an offense in the State of New Jersey, you may be eligible for an expungement of those records. An expungement clears your criminal history so that most criminal background checks will not show a prior arrest or conviction. There are exceptions which mean some limited agencies can still see these records, but generally, an expungement is extremely useful, particularly when it comes to future job searches.
How long you have to wait to apply for an expungement depends on what level of offense you have been convicted of. Additionally, some offenses are not eligible for expungement, or if you have too many offenses you may not be eligible. Generally, the waiting periods of an expungement are as follows:
Indictable Offenses: 6 years (but may be eligible for "early pathway after 5 years)
Disorderly Persons Offenses: 5 years (but may be eligible for "early pathway after 3 years)
Municipal Ordinance Violations: 2 years
PTI or Conditional Discharge Completion: 6 months after completion
Arrests (No Conviction): Immediately
If you have previously been convicted of an offense, or if you were previously arrested even if you were never convicted, you should contact my office to discuss the details and determine if you may be eligible for an expungement.