Sunday, March 19, 2017

Edison Defense by Affidavit or Certification Program - We Go to Court if You Live Out of Area or Cannot Appear for Court

Defense by Affidavit or Certification Program - We Go to Court if You Live Out of Area or Cannot Appear for Court
DEFENSE BY AFFIDAVIT OR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM - WE GO TO COURT IF YOU LIVE OUT OF AREA OR CANNOT APPEAR FOR COURT
Our office helps people with traffic/ municipal court tickets. We provide representation on most Central New Jersey traffic cases. Motor vehicle violations and criminal charges can cost you. If you plead guilty by mail for almost all traffic tickets, in addition to fines you will later receive points on your driver’s license. Both the DMV and your car insurance company will impose surcharges and eligibility points for three years.
If you live out of New Jersey or will be traveling outside of New Jersey, contact our Law Office regarding us providing representation under the Defense by Certification Rule.
Under the New Jersey Court Rules, a New Jersey Attorney can negotiate with the Municipal Court Prosecutor to attempt to reduce points, obtain dismissal of some tickets and provide other assistance. By reducing points and penalties you can reduce increases in your car insurance and surcharges.
An accumulation of too many points, or certain moving violations may require you to pay expensive surcharges to the N.J. Division of Motor Vehicles or have your license suspended. Don't give up! We can appear in court for you on most Central New Jersey traffic violations.
The following are tickets we have handled without our clients having to appear because they were not available. Our attorneys can appear on your behalf without you having to go to court on the following matters: Violation Points 27:23-29 Moving against traffic-NJ Tpke., Garden State Pkwy. and Atlantic City Expressway 2
# 27:23-29 Improper passing-NJ Tpke., Garden State Pkwy. and Atlantic City Expressway 4
# 27:23-29 Unlawful use of median strip-NJ Tpke., Garden State Pkwy. and Atlantic City Expressway 2
# 39:3-20 Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph 3
# 39:4-14.3 Operating motorized bicycle on restricted highway 2
# 39:4-14.3d More than 1 person on a motorized bicycle. 2
# 39:4-35 Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk. 2
# 39:4-36 Failure to yield to pedestrian or passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk 2
# 39:4-41 Driving through safety zone. 2
# 39:4-52 Racing on Highway 5
# 39:4-55 Improper action or omission on grades and curves 2
# 39:4-57 Failure to observe directions of officer. 2
# 39:4-66 Failure to stop before crossing sidewalk 2
# 39:4-66.1 Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway 2
# 39:4-66.2 Driving on private property to avoid traffic signal or stop sign 2
# 39:4-71 Improper driving on sidewalk 2
# 39:4-80 Failure to obey direction of officer 2
# 39:4-81 Failure to observe traffic signal 2
# 39:4-82 Failure to keep right 2
# 39:4-82.1 Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider 2
# 39:4-83 Failure to keep right at intersection 2
# 39:4-84 Failure to pass right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction 5
# 39:4-85 Improper passing on right or off roadway 4
# 39:4-85.1 Wrong way on one-way street 2
# 39:4-86 Improper passing, in No Passing zone 4
# 39:4-87 Failure to yield to overtake vehicle 2
# 39:4-88 Failure to observe traffic lanes 2
# 39:4-89 Tailgating 5
# 39:4-90 Failure to yield at intersection 2
# 39:4-90.1 Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highway 2
# 39:4-91, Failure to yield to emergency vehicle 2
# 39:4-96 Reckless driving 5
# 39:4-97 Careless driving 2
# 39:4-97a Destruction of agricultural or recreational property 2
# 39:4-97.1 Slow speed blocking traffic 2
# 39:4-98 or Speeding up to 14mph above limit 2
# 39:4-99 Speeding 15-29 mph above limit 4
# Speeding 30 mph or more above limit 5
# 39:4-105 Failure to stop at traffic light 2
# 39:4-115 Improper turn at traffic light 3
# 39:4-119 Failure to stop at flashing red signal 2
# 39:4-122 Failure to stop for police whistle 2
# 39:4-123 Improper right or left turn 3
# 39:4-124 Improper turn: from approved turning course 3
# 39:4-125 Improper u-turn 3
# 39:4-126 Failure to give proper signal 2
# 39:4-127 Improper backing or turn in street 2
# 39:4-127.1 Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing 2
# 39:4-127.2 Improper crossing of bridge 2
# 39:4-128 Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles 2
# 39:4-128.1 Improper passing of school bus 5
# 39:4-128.4 Improper passing of frozen dessert truck 4
# 39:4-129 Leaving scene of accident- No injuries 2
# 39:4-129 Personal Injury 8
# 39:4-144 Failure to observe of stop or yield signs 2
Please call us immediately if you need experienced legal representation in a traffic/municipal court matter. Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. Former Prosecutor for the Cranbury Municipal Court from 1991-1999, and Author Municipal Court Winning Strategies.

Upon request, we provide all potential clients with :
1. Our Written Agreement to Provide Municipal Court Legal Services 2. Municipal Court Information Sheet
We request all potential clients fill out the Municipal Court Information Sheet and return to our office immediately. You also need to fax or mail us: 1. Copies of the ticket and any hearing notice. 2. A check or money order. You can also pay by Visa, Master Charge or American Express over the phone and by fax. You should keep the Agreement to Provide Legal Services for your records. Once we receive the fee paid we will prepare a Letter of Representation to the Court, Prosecutor and you. We recommend our clients meet with us once prior to the court date.
After we are retained [paid], we will draft the Defense by Certification for our client. The Certification will need: 1 - Municipal Court Name 2 - Traffic Ticket Summons # 3 - Statute 4 - Name of Offense 5 - Defendants Address
In our detailed Court Certification, the client will need to indicate to the court the following: It would be an undue hardship for me to appear in person for trial. I understand my right to a reasonable postponement and waive my right to be present at the trial. I understand that if I plead NOT GUILTY, the judge will hear the testimony of the complainant or other witnesses. If I plead GUILTY, the judge may hear such testimony. I agree to abide by the judgment of the court. I understand that if convicted, for other than a parking offense, a record of same will be sent to the Division of Motor Vehicles which issued my license.
Our client authorizes us to enter a plea to a lower point violation. Our Law Office will prepare the Defense by Certification and mail it to our client.
Our clients must read the Defense by Certification carefully. If you need to make any changes, make the changes in ink on the form directly. You must immediately sign in front of a notary and return it to our office. If the hearing date is less than 10 days away, we recommend you send the signed Certification by Federal Express or UPS.
CALL THE COURT AFTER THE HEARING DATE
On the day of the court session or next morning, you should call the court directly to determine the specific reduced charge and the total fine and cost. You should also ask the court who your check should be made payable to and the address for mailing. Do not call our office since we do not have complete details on fines and addresses. You must pay the complete fines within 5 days. Fees. Fees can be paid by VISA, Master Card, American Express, check, money order or cash. Make checks payable to Kenneth Vercammen PC.
Representation/ What We will do for you in Defense by Certification Case. We will review and research necessary statutes and caselaw, contact the prosecutor, prepare defenses and determine mitigating factors.
1. Telephone consultation with client; 2. Office consultation with client, if requested; 3. Offer sound legal advice to client, plus access to our legal info website NJLaws.com 4. Preparation of letter of representation to Municipal Court; 5. Preparation of letter of representation to Municipal Court Prosecutor; 6. Preparation of statement to provide legal services; 7. Copies of all correspondence to Court and Prosecutor to client; 8. Opening of file. If client comes to our office, they may have a free client case folder, Municipal Court brochure, DMV points brochure, and Website brochure; 9. Review of necessary statutes and case law; 10. Draft Defense by Certification Pleading 11. Mail or fax Defense by Certification Pleading to client 12. Miscellaneous correspondence, preparation and drafting of pleadings and legal documents in contested serious cases; 13. Review documents supplied by client and court; 14. Travel to Municipal Court; 15. Negotiations with the Prosecutor and Representation in Municipal Court. 16. Preparation of End of Case Letter and client questionnaire. 17. Free Brochures provided on other legal topics such as Workers Comp, Wills, Personal Injury 18. Free subscription to monthly e-mail newsletter. Provide your email address. 19. Follow up telephone advice [If you call, provide the specific questions with the message]. 20. Invitation to client socials/ seminars and Community events via email. 21. Hold and maintain file for seven years in storage as free client service.
Other Legal Services Available. You and the Law Firm may make additional agreements to provide for legal services not covered by the Agreement. Additional services or work must be paid for. Without such agreements, the Law Firm is not required to do any additional work or any of the following: (a) Provide any legal services after the decision of the trial court; (b) Appeal any decisions of the trial court or make additional appearances after appearing in Court; (c) provide other legal services or advice not set forth above; or (d) Represent you in any other court or Tribunal
Your Responsibility- Please read carefully and follow instructions to help us help you

1. You must fully cooperate with the Law Firm and provide all information relevant to the issues involved in this matter. This includes providing details on what you told the police and court. 2 You must notify the court and the law office immediately if your address or phone numbers change. 3 Under the NJ Rules of Professional Conduct and Court Rules, we cannot send a letter of representation to the court until the Retainer is paid. All fees and requirements under this written retainer agreement and any other written documents must be complied with. Failure to comply with all requirements shall permit the law office to withdraw its offer of representation. The Law Firm will also withdraw at your request. You must advise our office and the Court in writing. 4 Pay your fines immediately. 5. If you call, you must provide your questions to our receptionist

Metuchen Defense by Affidavit or Certification Program - We Go to Court if You Live Out of Area or Cannot Appear for Court

Defense by Affidavit or Certification Program - We Go to Court if You Live Out of Area or Cannot Appear for Court
DEFENSE BY AFFIDAVIT OR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM - WE GO TO COURT IF YOU LIVE OUT OF AREA OR CANNOT APPEAR FOR COURT
Our office helps people with traffic/ municipal court tickets. We provide representation on most Central New Jersey traffic cases. Motor vehicle violations and criminal charges can cost you. If you plead guilty by mail for almost all traffic tickets, in addition to fines you will later receive points on your driver’s license. Both the DMV and your car insurance company will impose surcharges and eligibility points for three years.
If you live out of New Jersey or will be traveling outside of New Jersey, contact our Law Office regarding us providing representation under the Defense by Certification Rule.
Under the New Jersey Court Rules, a New Jersey Attorney can negotiate with the Municipal Court Prosecutor to attempt to reduce points, obtain dismissal of some tickets and provide other assistance. By reducing points and penalties you can reduce increases in your car insurance and surcharges.
An accumulation of too many points, or certain moving violations may require you to pay expensive surcharges to the N.J. Division of Motor Vehicles or have your license suspended. Don't give up! We can appear in court for you on most Central New Jersey traffic violations.
The following are tickets we have handled without our clients having to appear because they were not available. Our attorneys can appear on your behalf without you having to go to court on the following matters: Violation Points 27:23-29 Moving against traffic-NJ Tpke., Garden State Pkwy. and Atlantic City Expressway 2
# 27:23-29 Improper passing-NJ Tpke., Garden State Pkwy. and Atlantic City Expressway 4
# 27:23-29 Unlawful use of median strip-NJ Tpke., Garden State Pkwy. and Atlantic City Expressway 2
# 39:3-20 Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph 3
# 39:4-14.3 Operating motorized bicycle on restricted highway 2
# 39:4-14.3d More than 1 person on a motorized bicycle. 2
# 39:4-35 Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk. 2
# 39:4-36 Failure to yield to pedestrian or passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk 2
# 39:4-41 Driving through safety zone. 2
# 39:4-52 Racing on Highway 5
# 39:4-55 Improper action or omission on grades and curves 2
# 39:4-57 Failure to observe directions of officer. 2
# 39:4-66 Failure to stop before crossing sidewalk 2
# 39:4-66.1 Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway 2
# 39:4-66.2 Driving on private property to avoid traffic signal or stop sign 2
# 39:4-71 Improper driving on sidewalk 2
# 39:4-80 Failure to obey direction of officer 2
# 39:4-81 Failure to observe traffic signal 2
# 39:4-82 Failure to keep right 2
# 39:4-82.1 Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider 2
# 39:4-83 Failure to keep right at intersection 2
# 39:4-84 Failure to pass right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction 5
# 39:4-85 Improper passing on right or off roadway 4
# 39:4-85.1 Wrong way on one-way street 2
# 39:4-86 Improper passing, in No Passing zone 4
# 39:4-87 Failure to yield to overtake vehicle 2
# 39:4-88 Failure to observe traffic lanes 2
# 39:4-89 Tailgating 5
# 39:4-90 Failure to yield at intersection 2
# 39:4-90.1 Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highway 2
# 39:4-91, Failure to yield to emergency vehicle 2
# 39:4-96 Reckless driving 5
# 39:4-97 Careless driving 2
# 39:4-97a Destruction of agricultural or recreational property 2
# 39:4-97.1 Slow speed blocking traffic 2
# 39:4-98 or Speeding up to 14mph above limit 2
# 39:4-99 Speeding 15-29 mph above limit 4
# Speeding 30 mph or more above limit 5
# 39:4-105 Failure to stop at traffic light 2
# 39:4-115 Improper turn at traffic light 3
# 39:4-119 Failure to stop at flashing red signal 2
# 39:4-122 Failure to stop for police whistle 2
# 39:4-123 Improper right or left turn 3
# 39:4-124 Improper turn: from approved turning course 3
# 39:4-125 Improper u-turn 3
# 39:4-126 Failure to give proper signal 2
# 39:4-127 Improper backing or turn in street 2
# 39:4-127.1 Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing 2
# 39:4-127.2 Improper crossing of bridge 2
# 39:4-128 Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles 2
# 39:4-128.1 Improper passing of school bus 5
# 39:4-128.4 Improper passing of frozen dessert truck 4
# 39:4-129 Leaving scene of accident- No injuries 2
# 39:4-129 Personal Injury 8
# 39:4-144 Failure to observe of stop or yield signs 2
Please call us immediately if you need experienced legal representation in a traffic/municipal court matter. Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. Former Prosecutor for the Cranbury Municipal Court from 1991-1999, and Author Municipal Court Winning Strategies.

Upon request, we provide all potential clients with :
1. Our Written Agreement to Provide Municipal Court Legal Services 2. Municipal Court Information Sheet
We request all potential clients fill out the Municipal Court Information Sheet and return to our office immediately. You also need to fax or mail us: 1. Copies of the ticket and any hearing notice. 2. A check or money order. You can also pay by Visa, Master Charge or American Express over the phone and by fax. You should keep the Agreement to Provide Legal Services for your records. Once we receive the fee paid we will prepare a Letter of Representation to the Court, Prosecutor and you. We recommend our clients meet with us once prior to the court date.
After we are retained [paid], we will draft the Defense by Certification for our client. The Certification will need: 1 - Municipal Court Name 2 - Traffic Ticket Summons # 3 - Statute 4 - Name of Offense 5 - Defendants Address
In our detailed Court Certification, the client will need to indicate to the court the following: It would be an undue hardship for me to appear in person for trial. I understand my right to a reasonable postponement and waive my right to be present at the trial. I understand that if I plead NOT GUILTY, the judge will hear the testimony of the complainant or other witnesses. If I plead GUILTY, the judge may hear such testimony. I agree to abide by the judgment of the court. I understand that if convicted, for other than a parking offense, a record of same will be sent to the Division of Motor Vehicles which issued my license.
Our client authorizes us to enter a plea to a lower point violation. Our Law Office will prepare the Defense by Certification and mail it to our client.
Our clients must read the Defense by Certification carefully. If you need to make any changes, make the changes in ink on the form directly. You must immediately sign in front of a notary and return it to our office. If the hearing date is less than 10 days away, we recommend you send the signed Certification by Federal Express or UPS.
CALL THE COURT AFTER THE HEARING DATE
On the day of the court session or next morning, you should call the court directly to determine the specific reduced charge and the total fine and cost. You should also ask the court who your check should be made payable to and the address for mailing. Do not call our office since we do not have complete details on fines and addresses. You must pay the complete fines within 5 days. Fees. Fees can be paid by VISA, Master Card, American Express, check, money order or cash. Make checks payable to Kenneth Vercammen PC.
Representation/ What We will do for you in Defense by Certification Case. We will review and research necessary statutes and caselaw, contact the prosecutor, prepare defenses and determine mitigating factors.
1. Telephone consultation with client; 2. Office consultation with client, if requested; 3. Offer sound legal advice to client, plus access to our legal info website NJLaws.com 4. Preparation of letter of representation to Municipal Court; 5. Preparation of letter of representation to Municipal Court Prosecutor; 6. Preparation of statement to provide legal services; 7. Copies of all correspondence to Court and Prosecutor to client; 8. Opening of file. If client comes to our office, they may have a free client case folder, Municipal Court brochure, DMV points brochure, and Website brochure; 9. Review of necessary statutes and case law; 10. Draft Defense by Certification Pleading 11. Mail or fax Defense by Certification Pleading to client 12. Miscellaneous correspondence, preparation and drafting of pleadings and legal documents in contested serious cases; 13. Review documents supplied by client and court; 14. Travel to Municipal Court; 15. Negotiations with the Prosecutor and Representation in Municipal Court. 16. Preparation of End of Case Letter and client questionnaire. 17. Free Brochures provided on other legal topics such as Workers Comp, Wills, Personal Injury 18. Free subscription to monthly e-mail newsletter. Provide your email address. 19. Follow up telephone advice [If you call, provide the specific questions with the message]. 20. Invitation to client socials/ seminars and Community events via email. 21. Hold and maintain file for seven years in storage as free client service.
Other Legal Services Available. You and the Law Firm may make additional agreements to provide for legal services not covered by the Agreement. Additional services or work must be paid for. Without such agreements, the Law Firm is not required to do any additional work or any of the following: (a) Provide any legal services after the decision of the trial court; (b) Appeal any decisions of the trial court or make additional appearances after appearing in Court; (c) provide other legal services or advice not set forth above; or (d) Represent you in any other court or Tribunal
Your Responsibility- Please read carefully and follow instructions to help us help you

1. You must fully cooperate with the Law Firm and provide all information relevant to the issues involved in this matter. This includes providing details on what you told the police and court. 2 You must notify the court and the law office immediately if your address or phone numbers change. 3 Under the NJ Rules of Professional Conduct and Court Rules, we cannot send a letter of representation to the court until the Retainer is paid. All fees and requirements under this written retainer agreement and any other written documents must be complied with. Failure to comply with all requirements shall permit the law office to withdraw its offer of representation. The Law Firm will also withdraw at your request. You must advise our office and the Court in writing. 4 Pay your fines immediately. 5. If you call, you must provide your questions to our receptionist

Sunday, February 19, 2017

ERASE/ EXPUNGEMENT OF ARRESTS AND CONVICTIONS TO AVOID EMBARRASSMENT AND DISCLOSURE

ERASE/ EXPUNGEMENT OF ARRESTS AND CONVICTIONS TO AVOID EMBARRASSMENT AND DISCLOSURE                                                                 

  by KENNETH A. VERCAMMEN, ESQ.
          If someone has been arrested or even had a private criminal complaint signed against them in the Municipal Court, they have a criminal record, even if the charges were dismissed.         This is an excellent law to help non-violent offenders. Don’t be denied a job, credit or barred from coaching based on an old criminal charge.
         Under NJSA 2C:52-1 et seq. past criminal arrests and convictions can be expunged/ erased under certain instances. We always recommend individuals hire an attorney to obtain an expungement. The process for all expungements are held in the Superior Court. It takes a minimum of three months for the court to grant the expungement.  The requirements are very formal. There can be a waiting period between 6 months up to 10 years after the criminal cases is finished. More info at http://www.njlaws.com/expungement.html
         1. Obtain a certified disposition from the Court
         If the case was heard in Municipal Court, we recommend you obtain a "certified disposition" of the court's decision, from the Court itself. This is expedite the process. In Superior Court, obtain Order of Dismissal or Order of Conviction. Court costs and Legal fees for expungement range from $1,500-  $2,500.
         Thousands of citizens over the past 30 years have been arrested for criminal, disorderly, and municipal ordinance offenses.  The courts and police must keep a record of all arrests and convictions, even if 30 years old.  Judgements of Conviction are public records. These "secrets of the past" could be open to anyone including credit agencies.  Under one proposal, for a $15.00 fee, someone could ask the state police for a person's criminal record, even arrests with not guilty findings.  Allowing access to a person's old criminal conviction or arrest record could open the door for discrimination or job loss against someone who now is a productive, respected, and law abiding citizen. Many employers often do a criminal background check on new and promoted employees.
       Fortunately, if you are a law abiding citizen, you can now have old arrests or most convictions erased from public records and police folders. Under NJSA 2C:52-1 et seq. past criminal arrests and convictions can be expunged/ erased under certain instances. 
       2. Waiting periods
         If you were convicted or pleaded guilty to a disorderly person offense (misdemeanor type) more than 5 years ago, and have not been convicted of anything since, you can have your attorney petition to the Superior Court for an Expungement (Erase and removal) of your criminal record.  The waiting period starts from the full payment of fines, completion of probation or other requirements, whichever finishes latest.
         If you plead guilty to a town ordinance (ex. - Seaside Heights Drinking in Public) you can petition for an Expungement after waiting two years.  A Juvenile delinquent/guilty finding for a minor can also be expunged/erased under similar circumstances.  In addition, minor drug arrests which resulted in first offender conditional discharge can be erased after 6 months has passed since termination of probation or conclusion of court proceedings.
     Most importantly, arrests on frivolous complaints which did not result in a conviction or if charges were dismissed, can be expunged, without waiting.
         The waiting period on an indictable charge [guilty plea in Superior Court] is 10 years. [There is a new hardship provision to apply for expungement 5 years after probation is up. Speak with an experienced attorney]
The Chart below is helpful:
            Expungement eligibility NJ

Type of Offense
Eligibility
Waiting Period
Indictable Offenses
2C:52-1
1 conviction, plus up to 2 Disorderly Persons convictions
10/ years from date supervision completed [or 5 year eagle scout rule]

Disorderly Persons Offenses (includes Petty DO Offenses)
2C:52-3

Up to 2 offenses, provided no other criminal convictions
5 years from court date & fines paid [or 3 year eagle scout rule]

Municipal Ordinance Violations
2c:52-4
ex: Seaside Park fighting etc
No limit, provided no criminal record and no more than 2 Disorderly Persons convictions


2 years from court date & fines paid
Juvenile Delinquency Offenses
2C:52-4.1

All records, except those that are of the 17 ineligible offenses committed by an adult
5 years from date supervision completed
Young Drug Offender Records
2C:52-5

No limit if for possession or use of CDS
1 year from date supervision completed
Arrests - No Conviction, charge dismissed 2C:52-6

No Limit
No waiting period


For PTI, Conditional Discharge or Conditional Dismissal - 6 months from completion of program 2C:52-6 (c)

More info at    http://criminal-law.freeadvice.com
And
http://www.njlaws.com/expungement.html
         3. Common criminal offenses to get expunged
         The following criminal offenses are some of the typical
offenses individuals can petition for expungement:
      
         Alcohol Underage                            2C:33-15
         Arson                                             2C:17-1
         Assault                                           2C:12-1
         Bad Check                                       2C:21-5
         Burglary                                         2C:18-2
         Conspiracy                                      2C:5-2
         Criminal Mischief                             2C:17-3
         Criminal Trespass                           2C:18-3
         Disorderly Conduct                          2C:33-2
         Drug  Paraphernalia                         2C:36-1
         False / Fraud Instrument                2C:21-3
         Harassment                                    2C:33-4
         Hindering Apprehension                   2C:29-3
         Lewdness / Criminal Contact           2C:14-4
         Obstructing Admin. of Law              2C:29-1
         Possession Drugs                            2C:35-10
         Prohibited Weapons                         2C:39-3
         Prostitution                                    2C:34-1
         Receiving Stolen Property               2C:20-7
         Resisting Arrest                             2C:29-2
         Shoplifting                                      2C:20-11
         Stalking                                          2C:12-10
         Terroristic Threats                         2C:12-3
         Theft by Deception                         2C:20-4
         Theft of Services                           2C:20-8
         Theft Unlawful Taking                     2C:20-3
         Wandering                                       2C:33-2.1
         Weapon Unlawful Purpose                2C:39-4
        

4. Convictions which never can be expunged:
-Most possession with intent to distribute drugs
-DWI and all other traffic offenses
-Family Court restraining orders

1  Criminal Homicide (Except Death by Auto);
2  Kidnapping;
3  Luring or Enticing;
4  Aggravated Sexual Assault;
5  Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact;
6  Criminal Sexual Contact (if victim is a minor);
7  Criminal Restraint;
8  Robbery ;
9  Endangering the Welfare of a Child (if based on sexual contact);
10          Perjury;
11          False Swearing or perjury;
12          Human Trafficking;
13          Causing or Permitting a Child to Engage in a Prohibited Sexual Act;
14          Selling or Manufacturing Child Pornography;
15          Knowingly Promoting the Prostitution of the Actor's Child;
16          Terrorism; and
17          Producing or Possessing Chemical Weapons, Biological Agents or Nuclear or Radiological Devices.

      See "2C:52-2"c.In the case of conviction for the sale or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance or possession thereof with intent to sell, expungement shall be denied except where the crimes involve:

(1)Marijuana, where the total quantity sold, distributed or possessed with intent to sell was 25 grams or less;

(2)Hashish, where the total quantity sold, distributed or possessed with intent to sell was five grams or less; or

*   (3)Any controlled dangerous substance provided that the conviction is of the third or fourth degree, where the court finds that expungement is consistent with the public interest, giving due consideration to the nature of the offense and the petitioner's character and conduct since conviction.     
*     
*      5. WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR THE EXPUNGEMENT PETITION
           You should contact an attorney experienced with handling expungements.  The Expungement Petition is filed in the county where the offense took place, not where the defendant lives. The petition is filed not in the Municipal Court but in the Superior Court. Once filed, the Superior Court will set a hearing within 35-60 days. Your attorney will prepare an Expungement Petition which under state law must contain substantial background information, including:
         a.  Date of Birth and Social Security #
         b.  Date of Arrest
         c.  Statute Arrested For and Statute Convicted
         d.  Original Indictment, Summons, or Complaint Number
         e.  Petitioner's Date of Conviction or Date of Disposition
         f.  Court's Disposition of the Matter and Punishment Adopted, if Any

         In addition, the Expungement Petition must have an affidavit that states that there are no charges pending and that the petitioner never previously received a prior expungement.
          As required under the statute, the attorney for the applicant must serve a copy of the Petition Order for hearing and supporting documents on the following people:  1.)  Superintendent of State Police  2.)  Attorney General  3.)  County Prosecutor of the county where the court is located  4.)  The Chief of Police where the event took place  5.)  The chief law enforcement officer of any other law enforcement agency which participated in the arrest  6.)  The warden of any institution where the petitioner was confined  7.) the Municipal Court if the disposition was made by a municipal court, 8 County Sheriff
     If you satisfy all other statutory requirements and there is no objection by the entities notified, the court will usually grant an order directing the Clerk of the Court and all relevant criminal justice and law enforcement agencies to expunge (remove) records of said disposition including evidence of arrest, detention, conviction, and proceedings.
     There are additional pleadings which the applicant's attorney must prepare and file.  If you have an old offense, it is important that you have the arrest expunged to keep your name and record clean. All criminal charges, even if dismissed, stay on your record forever, unless the expungement order is granted by a Superior Court Judge.

6. Expungement Services to Apply to Remove/Erase Criminal Arrests and Convictions/ Retainer for Legal Services

 Fee $1,900 if traditional expungement
If Eagle Scout expungement where time period shorter, fees additional
    
Credit card or Check payable to Vercammen PC.
[Fee is less if we handled case previously]

Also you need to provide a separate check or money order for court fees:
 -Check for $75.00 payable, Treasurer, State of NJ
-Check payable  Postmaster Edison $70.00 for certified mail
These fees cannot be paid by credit card.

7. What the Attorney will do:
-Telephone consultation with client;
-Office consultation with client if requested;
-Opening of file and client may have free client case folder, Municipal Court brochure, MVC Points brochure, and Website brochure;
-Review documents supplied by client and court;
-Review of necessary statutes and case law;
-Preparation of VERIFIED PETITION FOR EXPUNGEMENT OF RECORD  PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6(a)
-Preparation of CERTIFICATION  STATEMENT TO ACCOMPANY PETITION
         - Preparation of ORDER FOR HEARING FOR EXPUNGEMENT PURSUANT to N.J.S.A. 2C:52-6(a)
         - Preparation of proposed ORDER FOR EXPUNGEMENT

Prepare letter to Client with Petition, Statement to Accompany Petition of no pending charges, Order for Hearing, Proposed Order for Expungement

Client signs Petition Statement to Accompany Petition of no pending charges

Attorney calls Superior Court and confirm address for Expungement Unit.

We Mail to Superior Court Expungement Unit-
                           Orig. and one Petition
                           Statement to Accompany Petition
                           Order for Hearing
                           Proposed Order for Expungement
                           2 self-addressed stamped envelopes
Follow up Court Order for hearing (takes approx 30 days)

         Upon receipt of signed Order for hearing, Prepare Certified Mail Green cards for documents to be served on law  enforcement and court. -
-Preparation of letter with Order for hearing and proposed Order for Expungement to NJ Attorney General
                       Department of Law & Public Safety
                       Expungement Section- PO Box 080
                       Trenton, NJ 08625  
        
         - Preparation of letter with Order for hearing and proposed Order for Expungement to NJ Superintendent of State Police
                  Expungement Unit
                  River Road, PO Box 7068
                  West Trenton, NJ 08628
         - Preparation of letter with Order for hearing and proposed Order for Expungement to County Prosecutor;
         - Preparation of letter with Order for hearing and proposed Order for Expungement to Chief of Police;
         - Preparation of letter to client with Order for hearing and proposed     Order for Expungement to Municipal Court Administrator;
                 
         When all the green cert. mail cards come in we put date mailed to Law Enforcement. on form 6 (Cert.) and mail to Court . After receipt of all certified mail Green cards, Preparation of CERTIFICATION OF SERVICE OF ORDER FOR HEARING
         We make copies of cert. mail green cards and letter before mailing out original green cards to court.
        
Misc phone calls to and from client
-Call Superior Court Expungement Unit to confirm they received green cards and no need to appear on hearing date if no objection.

If Expungement granted and receipt of signed Order for Expungement,
         Preparation of letter with signed Order for Expungement to:
         -NJ Attorney General by regular mail
                          Department of Law & Public Safety
         - Preparation of letter with signed Order for Expungement to
         NJ Superintendent of State Police
         - Preparation of letter with signed Order for Expungement to County    Prosecutor;
         - Preparation of letter with signed Order for Expungement to Chief of Police;
         - Preparation of letter with signed Order for Expungement to Municipal Court Administrator; and any other public entity requested by the court. Please note a Judicial Expungement granted by the Superior Court Judge does not change databases set up by private entities or credit agencies.
Preparation of End of Case Letter to client with original signed Order for Expungement and client questionnaire.

         Please note we do not open a file and do not handle the case until all fees are paid in full up front.
Any other work not listed above will require additional fees or costs.
 The client must provide disposition or copies of complaint for all prior Municipal court criminal charges, even criminal charges you were not arrested or fingerprinted. This is required by the Superior Court. All charges since you were 18 years old must be listed.
8. Obtaining a criminal History
You may want to order a criminal history CCH on yourself when the expungement is started if you are not 100% sure of your prior charges in NJ and the USA. The fee to obtain your criminal history is less than $75. For a Criminal History Contact www.bioapplicant.com/nj or call Morpho Trak at 1-877-503-5981. The law office cannot obtain a criminal history. Our Private investigator can do obtain a criminal history for you for an extra $900.
If the expungement is granted we recommend to all clients to send a follow up letter and copy of Order for Expungement by Certified Mail to all above Courts and Law Enforcement so they have a copy for their records. The Law Office can handle this for additional fee of $250. You should also serve a copy on the credit reporting agencies.
If the Court grants the expungement petition, the NJ police departments and NJ courts will be required to remove information from their records. The Court order does not pertain to online private companies or websites, which may contain old information. The Federal Government and immigration still has access to expunged /erased records.
If there are objections to the Expungement Petition by the Prosecutor or other entities and a hearing is required, additional fees will apply. They fee you paid does not include appeals if the court denies your petition.

 9 To Start the process- Interview Form
Please fill out blank lines on your computer or by hand and email or return to office to start Expungement, and provide check or credit card info. You need to provide us with the Certified disposition if your prior offense was in Municipal Court. The Certified disposition should be provided to the Superior Court. To obtain the certified disposition, simply contact the Municipal Court. They will charge a fee of approx $10.00.
  If you are unable or unwilling to do this, our fee to drive to the court to obtain the Certified disposition is an additional $300.
If your prior charge was in Superior Court, provide the Order of Dismissal if dismissed, or Judgment of Conviction JOC if a guilty plea.
If PTI Pre-trial intervention, provide copy of Order of Dismissal.

The court-filing fee is requires a separate check. $75.00 payable, Treasurer, State of NJ
Check payable  Postmaster Edison $70.00 for certified mail

1.    Petitioner's name is _____________. 
any other name used___________________.
Current address ___________________________________
CITY _____________________________ STATE _______ ZIP __________

CELL-PHONE ___________________________________ (Area Code Needed)
        
OTHER PHONE-DAY __________________________ 

E-MAIL ADDRESS ______________________________________________

REFERRED BY: _______________________________________________

2.  Petitioner's date of birth is _______, Social Security Number is ________

3.  Petitioner was charged  on   ________________ for violation of the following:  
N.J.S.A. 2C:  ______________

type of offense   _________________

Town ___________________

Summons/ Warrant/ Complaint #  ____________________
[Leave out traffic tickets ex 39:4-49.1.   Traffic tickets cannot be expunged]
The original complaint number was ___________

4.  This matter was in ___________   County  . 

5. This matter was heard in the   ______________ Municipal Court on __________

6. On ______, I plead guilty of the following offense: ________________________.
I was fined _____, costs of ______ and ______.

 Or

on ________________, charges were dismissed

7. The following are all other charges against me since I was 18 year old, even if the charge was dismissed:  [IF NONE, WRITE NONE]
Petitioner was charged  on   ________________ for violation of the following: 
N.J.S.A. 2C:  ______________

type of offense   _________________
Summons/ Warrant/ Complaint #  ____________________

Other prior offenses:
This matter was in ___________  County , town ______________

Disposition/ result ___________________________________
[If none, write none]

The client must provide a written disposition to the court for all prior criminal charges, even criminal charges you were not arrested or fingerprinted. This is required by the Superior Court. All charges since you were 18 years old. The Law Office can obtain the a Certified Disposition for Municipal Court cases, or a Judgment of Conviction for Superior Court charges at a fee of $400 per court. It is usually more cost effective for the client to obtain the court records themselves.
Email interview form back to Vercammenlaw@njlaws.com
Details on expungement at http://www.njlaws.com/expungement.html