Monday, March 29, 2010

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signs new legislation broadening the state's expungement statute

The Honorable Chris Christie, Governor of the State of New Jersey recently signed new legislation broadening the state's expungement statute. Governor Christie signed the legislation into law after it passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature; the General Assembly and the Senate earlier this year.

  • Citizens with convictions for third or fourth degree drug distribution convictions on their record may be expunged.
  • The new legislation also reduces waiting periods for the expungement of indictable (felony) convictions. Under the old law, a citizen had to wait until 10 years had passed.  Under the new expungement statute, certain indictable convictions will be eligible for consideration after a period of 5 years.  There will be a series of factors that the court will consider when deciding if an early expungement should be granted. The important thing is the application can be filed, in most cases, 5 years earlier than before.

The changes to New Jersey's expungement laws include other provisions, but the ones listed above are the most beneficial for people who need an expungement.  For additional information, contact Records Removal Services today!  Don't let your criminal history haunt you for the rest of your life!