NJ Governor Chris Christie Backs Bills to Make Expungement Easier
Governor Christie had made a promise back in March that he would create legislation that would make it easier for individuals that have been convicted of a crime to have an easier time in getting a job. He wants to accomplish this by making it easier for certain convictions to be expunged from the record so that when these individuals go to look for work, this will not hold them back.
There are three bills proposed by the governor. These bills each have different functions, but all work for the same purpose. Making it possible that once a person has done their time for a crime they committed, they are not continually made to pay for that crime years down the road. The first bill improves upon the ban the box legislation that the governor had helped create previously. Another bill will reduce the time that it takes for a juvenile record to be expunged going from five years down to three. The last bill offers several benefits. It changes the number of offenses that can be removed at once from three to four. It reduces the eligibility period from 10 years down to only six. It also reduces the time on the waiting period for eligibility if the only barrier that remains is paying the fine. One last area that this bill has to do with is marijuana with the intent to sell up to an ounce as this is now a fourth-degree crime with current sentencing.
Going through the process of expunging your record can be difficult even with these advances in how the law regards past crimes. That’s where you can use an experienced lawyer who’s familiar with fighting the system for their client’s rights. Contact the law office of Jill R. Cohen today to learn more about how these new bills being passed could change your life through expungement.