Can I Expunge PTI in NJ
Have you successfully completed the Pretrial Intervention Program? The Conditional Discharge Program? The Conditional Dismissal Program? If so, congratulations!! You are so close to moving on from the nightmare. The last thing that you need to do is expunge the underlying arrest and the fact that you partook in one of New Jersey’s diversionary programs. All too often individuals think that since they were not formally convicted of the charges that the criminal history is clean. That is not the case at all. The underlying original arrest and the fact that you partook in a diversionary program will remain on your criminal history until it is formally expunged. New Jersey has rather complex expungement laws and as such anyone seeking to expunge their criminal record should make sure they speak to an experienced Mercer County expungement lawyer.
If you have been arrested for possession of marijuana under 50 grams, aggravated assault, shoplifting, eluding, theft by deception, terroristic threats, burglary, disorderly conduct or resisting arrest and successfully completed a diversionary program, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help erase your record. Our attorneys have being expunging individual’s criminal history for almost a decade now. In fact, Mr. Oliver one of the firm’s founding partners, actually taught a seminar on the pitfalls of expungements at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s annual meeting in Atlantic City. If you would like to schedule a free consultation today about your options, then please contact us at (609) 789-0779. Now here is some key information on expunging a diversionary program from your criminal record.
How do I Expunge My Criminal Record in NJ?
Expungements are governed in New Jersey by NJSA 2C:52. The legislature choose to set certain parameters when it comes to expunge one’s record in New Jersey. Those parameters include specific waiting periods, a specific number of convictions and an exclusion of specific crimes. NJSA 2C:52-6 is the specific section of the statute that covers expunging a diversionary program. This section also includes expunging an underlying arrests that do not result in a conviction. It is important to note here that specific subsection is different from the subsection that covers diversionary programs. NJSA 2C:52-6(c) states in pertinent part
- Any person who has had charges dismissed against him pursuant to a program of supervisory treatment pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:43-12, or conditional discharge pursuant to N.J.S.2C:36A-1, or conditional dismissal pursuant to P.L.2013, c.158 (C.2C:43-13.1 et al.), shall be barred from the relief provided in this section until six months after the entry of the order of dismissal.
So, anyone who successfully completes a diversionary program like the conditional discharge, the conditional dismissal program or the pretrial intervention program must wait six months before they can petition the court to expunge their record.
How long does it take to Expunge my Record in NJ?
Expungements in New Jersey take at least three to four months to perfect and there is nothing that can be done to speed up that process. Therefore, it is crucial that if you or a loved one has partook in a diversionary program that they expunge their criminal record as soon as they are eligible. A criminal record will almost certainly affect someone’s ability to obtain or maintain meaningful employment, professional licenses and even whether or not someone could be accepted into their dream college. Our office routinely gets calls from professionals, whether it be CEO’s, CFO’s, owners of business etc. in a panic asking us to erase an arrest or conviction from 20 years ago immediately. The problem is that expungements are anything but immediate. That is why it is crucial the second anyone is eligible for an expungement, that they take advantage of it because you never know when it will rear its ugly head.
Can I Erase PTI off my Record in New Jersey?
The attorneys at the Keith Oliver Criminal Law has been erasing individual’s criminal records for almost a decade now. We have successfully erased aggravated assault, eluding, possession of cocaine, theft by deception, burglary and shoplifting charges from individual’s records. Our office serves all of Mercer County, including towns like Hamilton, Princeton, Lawrence, East Windsor, Ewing, West Windsor, Trenton, Robbinsville and Hopewell. If you would like to come into our office for a consultation with one of our New Jersey expungements lawyers then please contact us at (609)789-0779. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs. So if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.