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The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall

Morris County

NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers


Our team of skilled attorneys includes former County and Municipal Prosecutors with over 100 years combined experience and is available to assist you immediately.

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Disorderly Persons Offenses

Expungement Lawyer in Morris County NJ

If you or a loved one has been convicted of a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) like simple assault, possession of marijuana under 50 grams, shoplifting, disorderly conduct or criminal mischief in Morris County, we can help to get it erased. A criminal conviction can prevent an individual from gaining meaningful employment, being accepted into your dream college or obtaining professional licenses as well. As you will see below, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-3, there are certain requirements that must be met before a Defendant can seek to have their disorderly persons convictions.

The Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall has been helping clients erase their criminal record in Morris County, New Jersey for over a decade. Our office has extensive experience representing clients in towns like Morristown, Dover, Devnille, Parsippany, Washington, Randolph, Pequannock and Madison. If you would like to discuss your options with any one of the eight criminal defense lawyers on staff, then please contact our Morristown office at 973.309.7050. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to help assist in any way possible. Now here is some key information on the expunging a disorderly persons offense, including the waiting period which must be satisfied first.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record in NJ

The governing statute in New Jersey for expunging a disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense is N.J.S.A. 2C:52-3, which states in pertinent part:

Any person convicted of a disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense under the laws of this State who has not been convicted of any prior or subsequent crime, whether within this State or any other jurisdiction, or of another three disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses, may, after the expiration of a period of 5 years from the date of his conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or release from incarceration, whichever is later, present a duly verified petition as provided in section 2C:52-7 hereof to the Superior Court in the county in which the conviction was entered praying that such conviction and all records and information pertaining thereto be expunged.

In essence, a Defendant may petition the Court for an expungement if the following requirements are satisfied:

  1. Defendant has never been conviction of a felony (indictable) offense;
  2. Five years has passed since date of conviction, payment of fines and/or restitution; &
  3. The Defendant has not been convicted of more then three disorderly persons offenses.

If an expungement is granted, the Defendant will be allowed to state that has never been arrested and/or convicted of a criminal offense.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys in Morris County NJ

The Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall has eight criminal defense on staff, making our office one of the largest criminal defense firms in the State let alone New Jersey. The expungement statute can be rather confusing at times and requires the assistance of someone who is familiar with not only with the statute itself but how the Court applies the statute as well. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor in towns like Mendham, Hanover, Mount Olive, Roxbury, Jefferson, Rockaway or elsewhere in Morris County, we can help. To set up a free initial consultation today, please contact our Morristown office directly at 973.309.7050.