Expunge a Disorderly Persons Offense (DP) in Bergen County, New Jersey

Expungement Lawyers with Offices in Hackensack, NJ

The Superior Court of New Jersey has the authority to expunge the record of a criminal arrest or conviction in the State of New Jersey. Once the court enters an expungement order, the criminal offense is deemed to never to have happened. A person may legally respond with the answer of “no” to any questions asking whether he or she has ever been arrested, convicted, or charged with a crime or disorderly person offense. Additionally, a criminal background check will indicate that the person has no criminal record. (The only exceptions are applications for a job as a law enforcement officer or in the judicial branch of government.)

Although it is possible to represent yourself during an expungement process, hiring an experienced attorney assures you that your case will be submitted, argued, and resolved as efficiently as possible. At The Tormey Law Firm, with offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, we often represent individuals who seek to have their New Jersey criminal records expunged. We pride ourselves on providing personal, individual, and aggressive representation to combat your criminal or DWI charges. Contact our offices at (201)-330-4979 for a stress-free, cost-free consultation.


Expunge a Disorderly Persons Offense in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:52-3

An expungement of a disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense is governed by N.J.S. 2C:52-3, which provides in pertinent part:

§ 2C:52-3. Disorderly Persons Offenses and Petty Disorderly Persons Offenses

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.


Expungement of Disorderly Persons Offenses in New Jersey

A disorderly persons offense (known as a “DP”) or petty disorderly persons offense (known as a “Petty DP”) may be expunged off of your record in certain circumstances. There are three (3) requirements that must be satisfied to expunge up to three (3) disorderly persons charges from your record:

  • You have never been convicted of a felony or indictable charge
  • Five (5) years have passed since your DP or Petty DP convictions
  • You have paid all of your fines


If you are eligible based on the above requirements, you can file for an expungement to have these disorderly persons offenses removed from your record. Contact our offices anytime at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation.


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