There are two types of Municipal Court offenses that can be expunged, disorderly persons offenses and municipal ordinances. Disorderly Persons (DP) is New Jersey’s equivalent to a misdemeanor. It is a minor violation in that it is not a criminal conviction, but it does create a permanent entry on a criminal record, even if it’s only an arrest.
Municipal Ordinances are rules, regulations, and codes which are enacted by the local township governing body. They cover building standards and quality of life standards like noise and disruptive behavior. Violation of these ordinances is neither a felony, nor a disorderly person’s violation. Often, a disorderly person’s offense is reduced to an ordinance violation. As such, there would be an arrest for the DP and a conviction for the ordinance that would need to be expunged.
While not criminal, many disorderly person’s offenses could cause you trouble in obtaining employment, especially if you are a teacher. Disorderly person’s offenses can cause you immigration consequences if you not a United States citizen. Further, disorderly persons offenses could affect your ability to obtain, or keep, a New Jersey Fire Arms I.D. Card.
If you have not committed any crimes that makes you ineligible, then you may now expunge any number of crimes and disorderly persons charges. There is a waiting period to expunge your record, and the length of time depends on the number and nature of the charges you seek to have expunged.
The most common disorderly persons offenses are:
The most common ordinance violations tend to be related to noise and garbage accumulation, but can include public intoxication, consumption of alcohol in public, public urination, and violations of leash laws, etc.
If you would like to expunge your New Jersey criminal record and get your fresh start now, call DWI attorney Steven W. Hernandez, at 732-286-2700 for a free telephone consultation. Your second chance starts here!