The quickest way to find out if your multiple convictions may be eligible for a New Jersey expungement is to try our “Free Eligibility Check.” You can also call (201) 898-0141 to find out. (Note: DWI and other traffic offenses are not criminal and are therefore not included in the calculation).
In New Jersey, expungement law becomes less straight forward when you have multiple convictions. Some combinations of convictions are eligible, while others are not. Further, it does not matter whether the crimes were prosecuted within or outside of New Jersey. Depending on the severity of your crime, there are three possible outcomes:
- You are eligible to expunge all your convictions
- Some of your convictions are eligible, while others are not or
- None of your convictions are eligible
Not eligible at all
Generally, the more convictions you have, the less likely you are eligible to expunge your record. The following are situations where you are unable to expunge any of your convictions:
- You have 2 or more felony convictions.
- You have 4 or more misdemeanor convictions.
Some eligible, some ineligible
Some combinations of convictions will prevent you from clearing some, but not all, of your record. Here are some situations where this may be true.
- If you have 1 felony conviction, you may expunge the felony, but not any misdemeanor or municipal ordinance convictions.
Expungement Law Amended on April 18 2016 (Can now expunge 2 misdemeanor along with 1 felony conviction)
- If you have 3 misdemeanor convictions, you may expunge them, but not any municipal ordinance violations.
You may be able to expunge your entire criminal record if your convictions were relatively minor. Here are some examples:
- You’ve only been convicted of municipal ordinance violations.
- You’ve been convicted of 2 or less misdemeanors and 1 or more municipal ordinance violations.
Arrests not resulting in conviction may always be expunged, regardless of the number of convictions you have. This includes situations where you completed a diversion program, charges were dropped, or you were found not guilty.
PTI or Conditional Discharge
If you successfully completed a diversionary program, such as PTI or Conditional Discharge, you may expunge your record related to that crime. However, you will be ineligible to expunge any other prior or subsequent conviction. (N.J.S.A 2C:54-14(f)).