Unfortunately, a felony conviction has very limited ability for expungement
in NJ. A person convicted of a first offense for certain offenses under New Jersey law may seek expungement of his criminal record
, provided he has no prior or subsequent felony conviction, N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:52-2(a), and has not previously had a criminal
conviction expunged, or has ever been granted dismissal of criminal charges following completion of a supervisory treatment or diversion program. §§ 2C:52-14(e), 2C:52-14(f). Most serious and violent
offenses, and drug offenses (ex. marijuana) are ineligible, as well as offenses by public officials. §§ 2C:52-2(b), 2C:52-2(c). See also In re L.B., 848 A.2d 899 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div. 2004) (pardon creates eligibility for expungement for otherwise ineligible offense). There is a special expungement procedure provided for drug offenders whose conviction occurred prior to age 21. § 2C:52-5.
However, if you do not fit into the narrow category of those in NJ who qualify for first offender expungement your only chance is a pardon through the governor's office.
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