Expungement of PTI or Conditional Discharge in New Jersey

Lodi NJ Criminal Defense and Expungement Lawyers

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.


Expungement of PTI or Conditional Discharge in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6

An expungement of your Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or conditional discharge completion is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6, which provides, in pertinent part:

§ 2C:52-6. Arrests not resulting in conviction

b. Any person who has had charges dismissed against him pursuant to P.L.1970, c. 226, § 27 (C. 24:21-27) [FN1] or pursuant to a program of supervisory treatment, shall be barred from the relief provided in this section until 6 months after the entry of the order of dismissal.


Expungement of PTI or Conditional Discharge in New Jersey

If you were admitted into a diversionary program in New Jersey, such as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or a conditional discharge, and you successfully completed the program, the charges against you were dismissed. However, there is still a record of the original arrest, which will show up on a background check for school or employment opportunities. As a result, it is important to have that arrest record expunged. You are eligible to apply for an expungement six (6) months after you successfully completed PTI or your conditional discharge.


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


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