NJ Expungement of Municipal Ordinance Offenses | N.J.S.A. 2C:52-4

     The following is a copy of New Jersey’s Expungement Law regarding certain Municipal Ordinance Offenses, N.J.S.A. 2C:52-4.  Municipal Ordinances are not crimes, and generally will not harm employment prospects.  Nevertheless, there are occasions where one would wish them removed from the record, if not just to have a perfectly clean record.

N.J.S.A. 2C:52-4 provides the authority to force police and government institutions to remove records of arrests and convictions for Municipal Ordinance offenses from an individuals record.  

These are guidelines, and are not the end all be all of New Jersey’s expungement law.  This is also not a complete guide to expungements.  For a general guideline to New Jersey’s Expungement Law, please see here.  This page is only related to Indictable Offenses.  This means crimes of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degrees, and not:


      Indictable Crimes, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Degree Crimes

      Disorderly Persons, Petty Disorderly Persons

      Juvenile Delinquency

      Youthful Drug Offenses/Crimes

      Dismissals and Not Guilty Verdicts


If you believe you may qualify for an expungement, you may attempt to procure one on your own (pro se), a guide and forms are located here.  These are denied far more often than petitions created by an Experienced NJ Expungement Attorney.  If you do not wish to go through hassle and often repeated attempts at navigating our criminal justice system, please call our top NJ Expungement Lawyers today.  


2C:52-4 | Municipal Ordinance Offenses

In all cases wherein a person has been found guilty of violating a municipal ordinance of any governmental entity of this State and who has not been convicted of any prior or subsequent crime, whether within this State or any other jurisdiction, and who has not been adjudged a disorderly person or petty disorderly person on more than two occasions, may, after the expiration of a period of 2 years from the date of his conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or release from incarceration, whichever is later, present a duly verified petition as provided in section 2C:52-7 herein to the Superior Court in the county in which the violation occurred praying that such conviction and all records and information pertaining thereto be expunged.

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