Expunging a Felony Conviction
Mercer County NJ Expungement of Indictable Offenses
The worst thing you can have on your criminal record is a felony conviction. It is not only an embarrassing smudge but it also severely hinders you from getting a job. This is why it is no surprise that the majority of our clients are people looking to expunge their past felony convictions or arrests. If your case was handled in Mercer County Superior Court and it resulted in a conviction then chances are you have an indictable crime or felony conviction. Felony expungements are possible in New Jersey but restrictions make this process much tougher and only available to a smaller group of potential candidates. Some felony convictions that can be cleared are from your record include: possession of marijuana, shoplifting, possession of cocaine, domestic violence, battery, aggravated assault, bribery, terrorist threats, resisting arrest, forgery, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, theft, robbery, burglary, intent to distribute drugs,criminal mischief, vandalism, trespassing, possession of a weapon, vehicular homicide, stalking, false imprisonment, insurance fraud, prostitution, underage gambling, violation of a restraining order, lewdness, indecent exposure, and credit card fraud. The expungement attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall will look over your record and take care of all the legal obstacles involved in procuring the expungement if we find you are eligible for the relief. Our lawyers can expunge a conviction or arrest that took place anywhere in New Jersey including Mercer County, Burlington County, and Hunterdon County. Our office is conveniently located in Princeton, NJ so give us a call today at (609) 683-8102 to get a free initial consultation.
Expunging Felony Convictions in Mercer County
In most cases a person who has been convicted on a felony in New Jersey can get an expungement for that conviction as long as they have not been convicted of a prior or subsequent felony or convicted of three disorderly persons. According to 2C:52-2 you must wait 10 years from the date of your conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or parole, or release from incarceration, whichever is later, to file a petition seeking expungement. However, under certain exceptions you can be eligible for an early expungement of a felony after only a 5 year waiting period. The expungement must always be filed at the Superior Court in the county in which the conviction took place and it will seek to have the conviction and all records and information pertaining thereto be expunged. A prior felony conviction or three or more subsequent disorderly convictions will not be an absolute bar to a grant of expungement, but the court will look at the nature of these convictions and the circumstances surrounding them. If the court finds that either of them constitutes a continuation of the type of unlawful activity embodied in the criminal conviction for which expungement is sought then the court will have a basis for denial of relief .
Certain Felonies That Cannot Be Expunged
♦ Certain Felony Convictions
Felony records can usually be erased, so long as they are not crimes of violence. For instance, the records of conviction murder, manslaughter, treason, kidnapping, rape, forcible sodomy, arson, perjury, false swearing, luring, false imprisonment, robbery, sexual assault offenses, child sexual offenses, endangering the welfare of a child, or a conspiracy or any attempt to commit any of the foregoing, or aiding, assisting or concealing persons accused of the foregoing crimes, cannot be expunged.
♦ Public Office
Records of conviction for any crime committed by a person holding any public office, position or employment, elective or appointive, under the New Jersey government or any agency or political subdivision thereof and any conspiracy or attempt to commit such a crime shall not be subject to expungement if the crime related to their office or employment.
♦ Minor Drug Offenses
In the case of conviction for the sale or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance or possession with intent to sell, an expungement will be denied except where the crimes relate to when the total quantity sold, distributed or possessed with intent to sell was equal to or less than 25 grams of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish .
Attorneys That Expunge Records in Trenton NJ
If you or a family member has been convicted of a felony offense and you are interested in getting it expunged from your record then contact our office to learn more about your options. Call our office at (609) 683-8102 to speak with a knowledgeable expungement lawyer 24/7 who can go over your legal options with you at no cost.
We serve clients throughout Mercer County, New Jersey — including Trenton, Hamilton, Princeton Borough, West Windsor, East Windsor, Lawrence Township, Robbinsville, Hightstown, Princeton Township, Ewing and Hopewell — and surrounding areas, including Hunterdon County and Burlington County.