Expungement – Clearing Your Criminal Record

Do you have a past offense that is affecting your life? Today it’s very easy for prospective employers, government agencies and just about anyone else to search your past. Don’t let past mistakes stop you from getting a job, keeping a job or developing an important relationship. Clear your record now! An expungement is the legal term for clearing and sealing your criminal record. Most records can be cleared in months. In most cases, once your record has been cleared, you can answer “no” to a question about your past criminal convictions. Also, if a potential employer, educational institution or government agency conducts a background check on you, your arrest or conviction will not be found.


If you want to explore the possibility of clearing your record, call The Law Office of Anthony J. Vignier at (800) 707-5252. Anthony will give your case the attention it deserves. Anthony will personally evaluate your case to determine the likelihood of success. Anthony J. Vignier has over 21 years of legal experience which includes experience as a municipal prosecutor – so he knows the system.


Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Expungements

Am I eligible for an expungement?

You may be eligible if:

  • You were arrested, charged, or convicted with a crime that is eligible for expungement or that does not fall within the list of exceptions.
  • At least 10 years have passed since:
    • Release from incarceration;
    • Conviction;
    • Payment of a fine.
  • You have not had any further criminal matters. You must not have been convicted of more than two disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offenses since your prior conviction.
  • There are currently no ongoing or pending proceedings against you.

What criminal records cannot be cleared?

Many offenses can be cleared others cannot. Matters that cannot be cleared are:

  • 1st and 2nd degree Controlled Dangerous Substance Distribution (drug) crimes except where the substance is marijuana, 25 grams or less, and hashish, 5 grams or less.
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Forcible Sodomy
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Criminal Sexual Contact
  • False Imprisonment
  • Arson and Related offenses
  • Endangering the welfare of a child
  • Luring or Enticing
  • Criminal Restraint
  • Robbery
  • False Swearing
  • Perjury

Are there any exceptions?

Yes, there are exceptions to eligibility problems. Exceptions can be made based on the amount of time that has passed since the offense you are attempting to clear occurred. There are also exceptions that involve subsequent behavior and also consider the offense committed. It all depends on the case. Expungements can be complicated. This is the reason you should consult with an attorney to find out if you may be eligible to file for expungement.

What if I was convicted of a disorderly persons offense?

If five years have passed since that time you may be eligible for an expungement.

What if I was convicted of a local town ordinance violation?

Yes, you may expunge a local town ordinance violation if two years have passed.

What’s the next step?

Call the Law Office of Anthony J. Vignier at 800-707-5252 for a free consultation. If you retain Anthony, he will personally work on your case and keep you updated as the case progresses. Anthony will work to get you the quickest results possible. Anthony strives to make the expungement process smooth and worry-free.

Other things that you should know about working with the Law Office of Anthony J. Vignier:

  • It is always best for clients and their attorney to meet but many times because of distance or time constraints a meeting is not possible so office visits are not required.
  • Information and documents can be gathered by Mail, Fax or E-Mail. Clients are informed of progress by mail and E-mail.
  • All cases are handed on a competitive Flat Fee Rate.

Call the Law Office of Anthony J. Vignier today at 800-707-5252!

Put your past behind you and make tomorrow a new and better day!