A large portion of drug offenses are committed by teens and young adults under the age of 21 and unfortunately a conviction can stay with you forever, effectively ruining your life before it has even begun by hindering your employment opportunities and ultimately your success in life. The State of New Jersey recognizes this fact and has carved out an exception to the regular expungement rule for these young offenders. With the help of an experienced attorney a large percentage of these records can be expunged – or permanently erased. At Proetta & Oliver we are dedicated to representing our clients through all stages of criminal and municipal court defense including the successful expungement of your past records. We represent individuals for expungement proceedings throughout New Jersey including Elizabeth, Union Twp, Westfield, Linden, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Cranford, and Springfield. If you would like to learn more information regarding a possible drug charge expungement then contact our office at (908) 838-0150 to speak with an experienced lawyer during a free consultation.
Expungement of Young Drug Offenders in New Jersey
Any person who was 21 years of age or younger at the time of certain drug related offenses is eligible for an expedited proceeding to expunge the records relating to those convictions. Under 2C:52-5, this expungement applies to a person convicted of any offense of possession or use of a controlled dangerous substance, the offense of possession or control of a hypodermic needle or syringe without an authorizing prescription; the offense of unlawful possession of prescription legend drugs; sale, distribution, possession with intent to sell of 25 grams or less of Marijuana or 5 grams or less of Hash. This expedited expungement proceeding is not available for any other offenses involving either the sale, distribution or possession with intent to sell any controlled dangerous substance such as Cocaine, Heroin or Prescription Drugs. If you fall within the eligible category you can start an expungement proceeding after wait one (1) year following the conviction, termination of probation or parole or discharge from custody – whichever comes last. The expungement will not be granted if the individual violated any of the conditions of his probation or parole or was convicted of any previous or subsequent criminal act, or who has not had a prior or subsequent criminal matter dismissed because of acceptance into a supervisory treatment or other diversion program. Once we assess your eligibility, we can apply to the Superior Court in the county where the case took place for the expungement of your conviction and all records pertaining thereto.
If you have been arrested for possession of drugs in New Jersey and are interested in having your record expunged then contact our office at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation with an attorney who can answer your questions and address your concerns.