The criminal convictions listed below cannot be expunged in New Jersey. You should review this list carefully before beginning the process. Even if you cannot expunge a conviction listed here, you may be able expunge other convictions, or arrests that did not lead to a conviction.
The following crimes cannot be expunged in New Jersey:
Any Criminal Homicide (Murder) (N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1, et seq.) except for Death by Auto (N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5) and Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide (N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.3)
Kidnapping and Related Offenses
Robbery (N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1)
Arson & Related Offenses (N.J.S.A. 2C:17-1)
Endangering the Welfare of Children
Perjury & False Swearing (N.J.S.A. 2C:28-1; N.J.S.A. 2C:28-2)
Terrorism (N.J.S.A. 2C:38-2)
Producing or Possessing Chemical Weapons, Biological Agents or Nuclear or Radiological Devices and (N.J.S.A. 2C:38-3)
Also, conspiracies or attempts to commit any of the above crimes.
Abuse of Public Office
Records of conviction of ANY crime committed by a person holding any public office, position or employment, elective or appointive, under the government of this State or any agency or political subdivision thereof and any conspiracy or attempt to commit such a crime shall not be subject to expungement if the crime involved or touched such office.
Certain Drug Offenses
Convictions for sale or distribution of drugs, or possession with intent to sell cannot be expunged, except in cases where the crimes involve:
There is an exception to the some drug convictions. A conviction for third degree and fourth degree crimes involving sale or distribution of drugs, or possession with intent to sell may be expunged if the court finds that expungement is in the public interest, considering the nature of the offense and the character and conduct of the petitioner since conviction. In such cases, the court must also consider whether the need to keep the records outweighs the desire to free the applicant of the burden of their criminal record.
Certain Convictions Prior to September 1, 1979
Convictions of the following prior to September 1, 1979 are also non-expungeable:
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This information last reviewed: Mar 27, 2023