On January 19, 2016, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law reducing the waiting period many former Defendants face before receiving an adjournment. The law, which goes into effect 90 days after the Governor’s signature, reducing the waiting periods for expungements as follows:
Indictable offenses: for applicable indictable offenses the waiting period on receiving an expungement drops from 10 year to 5 years. Please note, some indictable offenses remain non expungable.
Disorderly Persons Offenses: the waiting period will be dropped from 5 years to 3 years.
The new law also allows for expungement of certain people’s record who have successfully completed drug court.
One of the chief supporters of the Bill, Assemblyman Jerry Green, a Democrat from Union County, has been quoted as saying “"Expungement offers an incentive against recidivism. It gives people who currently have little chance of finding legal employment the opportunity to leave past mistakes behind them, find a job and be productive" . . . "The fact of the matter is, the system is working against those individuals who have served their time and want to change and do better."