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Applying for a Pardon in New Jersey


Not all cases are eligible for New Jersey expungement; however, there is another option that may be beneficial. Seeking a pardon in the state where your conviction occurred may the best solution to receive criminal record relief.

In order to apply for a pardon, there are certain requirements that may need to be met and certain application procedures that must be completed. This information can be found in great detail at

If you are applying for a pardon in New Jersey, below you will find the eligibility requirements and process for applying.

There are no formal requirements to be eligible for a pardon in New Jersey. You may apply even if you are still serving your sentence and being confined in a correctional facility.

To apply for a pardon in New Jersey:

  • Obtain a Pardon Application by:
    • Calling the Parole Board at 609-292-4257
    • Writing in a request to the Parole Board at:
      New Jersey State Parole Board
      Attn: Clemency Investigator
      P.O. Box 862
      Trenton, NJ 08625
  • Prepare a personal statement
  • Prepare two letters of recommendation
  • Notarize your completed pardon application
  • Submit your Pardon Application to the New Jersey State Parole Board

New Jersey Voting Rights


There are certain factors about your case that will determine if you are in possession of your right to vote. Below you will find a detailed description of these factors for voting rights in New Jersey.

In New Jersey, your voting rights are automatically restored once you have completed your sentence. Getting an expungement will also restore your voting rights.

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What is an expungement:

In New Jersey, an expungement is a legal process by which a criminal conviction resulting from a guitly plea, “no contest” or a finding of guilt by a judge or jury is set aside and the case information is withheld from potential employers and background check companies. An arrest, prosecution or conviction record still may exist. The good news is that New Jersey allows many offenses to be expunged under certain circumstances. Depending on the severity and classification of the offense, the waiting period can take from a few months to several months.

Why are expungements important:

A criminal record can provent you from getting a job, obtaining credit, obtaining housing, voting, obtaining professional licenses, and other benefits. Employers are ever increasingly using background checks to filter out potential employees. The best way to start over is with an expungement to clear your name.

Can all criminal convictions be expunged:

No. Most misdemeaners and some felonies can qualify for record expungement. A judge will usually have the discretion to decide whether or not to grant or deny a petition for a record sealing. You will only have one opportunity to petition to seal your record, so it is wise to find an attorney or law firm to handle your case for you.

Expungement defense lawyers in New Jersey:

When you are looking to have your New Jersey criminal record removed it is important to have a licensed expungement attorney working on your behalf. Choosing a licensed and professional New Jersey attorney is imperative to increase the chances of your expungement going through smoothly. Expungement proceedings can become very complex and in many cases the judge ultimately decides whether or not to expunge your record. A simple mistake may end up taking months to correct, and may result in a failed case.

There are many common typos of the word “expungement”: expung, expong, exsponge, esponge. Please note that this website is for expungement information.

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If you cannot afford an attorney or wish to other attorneys who can help you with your case, contact the New Jersey State Bar Association or Legal Services of New Jersey.

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