|THINKING OF PLEADING GUILTY AND GETTING
YOUR SHOPLIFTING CHARGE EXPUNGED?
Even if you expunge your record
it still may be used against you in
getting a job, increase your insurance
rates and damage your credit.
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Most people think that an expungement is the elimination of your criminal record for
An Expungement in the State of New Jersey is merely:
"the extraction and isolation of all records within the court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement or
criminal justice agency concerning a person's detection, apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of
all offenses within the criminal justice system." N.J.S. 2C:52-1(a)
An expungement is not the elimination of your criminal record, or the erasing of your sentence such as jail,
community service or fines.
An Expungement does not affect previously published public records which may appear in newspapers and
on internet sites and criminal record databases. (Example: Many police departments have websites listing the arrests for the day)
An Expungement does not destroy the record of your criminal conviction held by private companies or
individuals or the government only the official record is "Sealed"
Furthermore, law enforcement, immigration and most government agencies and court personnel will still be able
to access the records of your shoplifting arrest, conviction and sentence. Even with an expungement you may
still continue to suffer the costly consequences of a shoplifting conviction
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First you must qualify for an expungement. In general the qualifications are:
1) It must be an offense which can be expunged (most but not all NJ Shoplifting offenses can be expunged)
2) You must complete all parts of your sentence including: Jail Time, Community Service and Payment of all fines
3) You must wait the required amount of time once all jail time, probation, community service and fines are paid
to get the expungement: Waiting Time: 5 years for a disorderly person offense (shoplifting under $200.00)
and 10 years for a shoplifting/theft conviction over $200.00 since this is a felony charge unless you can prove
to the judge it is in the public interest in which case the waiting period is only 5 years to apply
4) Your expungement must be approved by a superior court judge. (the order of expungement is not automatic
and a judge may deny it based on the circumstances of your case and past record)
5) Pay the filing fee to the court to apply for the expungement.
Assuming you meet the four qualifications above in most cases after 5 or 10 years your criminal record can be
expunged by making an application to the Superior Court of NJ.
For many people an order of expungement is worthless.
Why? Because unlike some other states NJ does not erase the criminal record, they merely seal the record as of
the date of the order of expungement. Because most employers, individuals and insurance companies are aware
of this fact they do not use the New Jersey or FBI criminal record database to search for current criminal records
and instead use third party providers.
Most employers and individuals use companies which independently search the public records through
either search engines, newspapers or private company databases. Over 25 of these companies exist today
charging employers and individuals from $5.00 to over $50.00 for a search. When you are arrested for a
criminal offense your name, address and offense charged becomes a public record (the only exceptions are
crimes committed by minors).
Companies today use Internet criminal record checks as a way of saving money. By far this is much cheaper
than sending someone down to the local county and federal court houses to search the public records.
Remember court records are open to the public that is why you will hear about a celebrity being arrested the
next day. Private companies all over the country collect criminal history and other personal information
from these public court records. These companies store that information on their own computers and thus in
most cases are not required by law to update these records to include your expungement.
In the normal course of business, no one informs these companies when a record is expunged. The courts do
not even keep track of who has searched their records. Therefore the information that those companies
previously stored can still be reported, not by the court, and not by New Jersey State Police or the FBI, but by
these private companies. This exact situation was discussed in depth in an article in The New York Times on
October 17, 2006, the Wall Street Journal on November 11, 2009 and the New Jersey Lawyer in the June 2010
There is no complete solution to this problem. Thus, with the rise of the Internet search engines and
independent public document search companies such as the LexisNexis® Retail Theft Contributory Database
indexing all shoplifting arrests and conviction. An expungement today is not a guarantee that you criminal
conviction wont be used against you in the future when you apply for a job, benefits, or even car insurance.
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