It is common practice in New Jersey to have a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) downgraded to a municipal ordinance violation as part of a plea negotiation. This will ensure that you have no criminal convictions of your record but your arrest and the ordinance violation will still appear on most background checks. To many people’s dismay, this means that the arrest and conviction for an ordinance will still be seen by a potential employer, educational institution, or anyone searching public records. An expungement of the arrest and municipal ordinance will allow you to avoid any embarrassment and encumbrance that comes with a permanent record. Proetta & Oliver is exclusively dedicated to representing our clients through all facets of criminal and municipal court defense including the successful expungement of your records. We represent clients throughout New Jersey including Union County, Middlesex County, Hudson County and Monmouth County. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, then contact our office at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
Expunging a Municipal Ordinances Conviction
In New Jersey, the eligibility regulations for an expungement of a municipal ordinance are fairly easy – as long as you have not been convicted of any prior or subsequent indictable crime, or convicted of three or more disorderly person or petty disorderly person offenses, you should be eligible. Disorderly persons offense convictions will normally not operate as a disqualification as long at they did not occur subsequent to the municipal ordinance violation. Lastly, the waiting period to file for an expungement of an ordinance is 2 years from the date of conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or release from incarceration – whichever is later. The rules for expungement of ordinance convictions are more liberal than the rules for expungement of felonies and disorderly persons offenses. The fact that the applicant for the expungement of a conviction for a municipal ordinance has had a prior criminal conviction expunged or the fact that the applicant has been granted the dismissal of criminal charges following the completion of a supervisory treatment or other diversion program is not a disqualification for this type of expungement relief and there is usually no limit to the number of municipal ordinance violations that may be expunged. Once we have assessed your eligibility we can file a duly verified expungement petition to the Superior Court in the county in which the violation occurred to start the expungement process.
If you have any further questions regarding a possible expungement of a town ordinance then contact our office today at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation with an experience attorney.