An expungement is the “extraction ad isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement or criminal justice agency concerning a person’s detection, apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of an offense within the criminal justice system.” N.J.S.A. 2C:52-1(a). Expunged records shall include complaints, warrants, arrests, commitments, processing records, fingerprints, photographs, index cards, “rap sheets” and judicial docket records.” 2C:52-1(b).

A juvenile may obtain an expungement under certain circumstances. 2C:52-4.1(a)(1-3) (a juvenile expungement may be obtained if (1) “the act committed by the juvenile would have constituted a crime if committed by an adult; (2) The act committed by the juvenile would have constituted a disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense if committed by an adult; (3) The act committed by the juvenile would have constituted an ordinance violation if committed by an adult.”).

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