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One of the most devastating penalties of a criminal arrest or conviction is your permanent record. Your criminal record is easily accessible to the public and can follow you on every job interview, housing application, and any other process that involves a background check.  Employers now require a mandatory background check prior to hiring. As a result, many employers will not hire a prospective employee should they possess a criminal record of any nature.

Depending on the details of your criminal case, you may be able to wipe your record clean, getting it out from public view.

Our Passaic County criminal defense lawyer has over 30 years of experience. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Pine has the strategic insight to build the strongest defense possible. Our firm understands the importance of receiving quick legal counsel, that is why we are available, on weekends and evenings!



If you were arrested but never convicted, then you should be eligible for expungement. Except in cases of lacking mental capacity or of insanity, a dismissed, discharged, or acquitted charge can be wiped off your record. After the record of your arrest is removed, you can honestly say that you have never been arrested for or charged with a crime. The expungement statute is fairly complex and contains numerous disqualifiers and conditions which must be satisfied in order to qualify for an expungement. 

If you have been convicted of a crime in New Jersey, you might still be able to expunge your record. This often requires a waiting period of at least a year, sometimes as much as five or ten, to apply for expungement. There are many other requirements for expunging your record, however, and for your specific case, you should speak with our Passaic County expungement lawyer to determine your eligibility.


Don't hesitate to see if you can pave the way to a future with brighter prospects. Get rid of the stigma of a criminal record with the help of our experienced expungement lawyer. Contact David L. Pine, Esq. today to learn how we can help you in Bergen or Morris counties.


What is an expungement? - An expungement is a process by which a prior record of an arrest or conviction is removed from the files of the Court, Police Department, and other Law Enforcement Agencies. Your record is no longer revealed during a background check or criminal look-up, thus preventing the release of information to prospective employers, schools, curious individuals, or law enforcement agencies. In a job interview, you are legally allowed to answer “no” when asked if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime.

  • Are all types of criminal matters expungable? - No. But certain juvenile offenses and disorderly persons offenses are, such as possession of drugs, shoplifting, and assaults.
  • How do you get an expungement? - Expungement Statues are fairly complex and involve analysis of the type and degree of the offenses, date of arrest, conviction, and conclusion, prior criminal history, and more. It takes submissions and a Petition to the Superior Court of New Jersey, as well as various law enforcement agencies at both the state and local levels. The process usually takes between 60 and 90 days from the date of filing to the granting of an expungement.
  • Will I have to appear in court to get an expungement? - In many cases, there is no court appearance required of you.

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