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New Jersey’s expungement process to be one of the most progressive in the nation

By The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC

01/02/2020

Restore voting rights to residents on probation or parole, allowing them to fully participate in our democracyNew Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said after signing the new expungement law on Dec 18, 2019, “I am proud to sign one of the most progressive expungement laws in the nation, which will allow more New Jerseyans the opportunity to fully engage in our society. I am also proud to enact legislation that will restore voting rights to over 80,000 residents on probation or parole, allowing them to fully participate in our democracy.”
Why this bill?U.S. Senator Cory Booker has supported the bill. According to him, formerly incarcerated individuals continue to face overwhelming obstacles as they rejoin their communities. It’s often difficult to obtain jobs and housing and many have lost their right to vote. The bill will help restore fairness to the criminal justice system and remove some of the fundamental barriers to re-entry.
“The collateral consequences that come with a criminal conviction have been devastating communities of color, perpetuating the cycle of poverty and fracturing families for much too long. Whenever there is a conversation about the racial disparities among our state’s incarceration rates, we cannot forget that those convictions follow people for the rest of their lives,” said Senator Ruiz. “Expungement can begin to address the inequalities that exist in our criminal justice system. There is more work that needs to be done, but this legislation is a significant step in the right direction.”
Read more opinion on this bill at https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562019/approved/20191218a.shtml.
Automated clean slate for no offense in ten yearsIt creates a petition process for “clean slate” expungement for residents who have not committed an offense in ten years and who have not been convicted of the most serious crimes. The bill also requires the State to implement an automated clean slate expungement system.
Expungement for low-level marijuana convictionsFurther, the bill requires that low-level marijuana convictions be sealed upon the disposition of a case, preventing those convictions from being used against those individuals in the future. It also makes numerous other changes to existing expungement procedures, including the creation of an e-filing system that would eliminate filing fees to petition for an expungement.
Restoration of voting rights to New Jersey residents on probation or paroleThe bill restores voting rights to New Jersey residents on probation or parole. The bill will take effect 90 days after signature.
Call Jersey City Criminal Défense Attorney Joel SilbermanIf you or a loved one is being burdened with an arrest record or other unfavorable disposition you should reach out to Attorney Joel Silberman to discuss whether you can have your case expunged. Call us at call (201)-420-1913 or email at joel@joelsilbermanlaw.com today to schedule an appointment.
Use of Excessive Force by Law Enforcement Officers
You have right to seek justice against the use of excessive forceLaw and order enforcement agencies are allowed to use reasonable force, while on duty, to serve and protect their own lives and lives of others. However, when a law enforcement officer oversteps his or her bounds and uses excessive force that violates a person’s constitutional rights or causes serious physical injury or death, he or she shall be liable for such violation, injury or death. If you are a victim of such use of excessive force, you have right to get justice.
You may have right to compensationYou may be entitled to significant compensation for violation, injury or death you or your loved ones have suffered due to use of excessive force by law enforcement officers. You may even seek punitive damages that is paid by the person liable for such violation.
Seeking justice against law enforcement officers is no easy taskAt Law Office of Joel Silberman, we understand, when the law enforcement agencies are the violators, seeking justice is no easy task. People in positions of authority may not be as eager to listen to complaints of brutality by law enforcement officers as they may do in other cases. You need a forceful, determined and experienced voice to make them take a serious note of your case.
Call Jersey City Civil Rights Attorney Joel Silberman todayThe Jersey City Civil Rights Attorney Joel Silberman shall help you get justice for any violation of your constitutional rights, injury or death. We have both the experience and resources needed to litigate even the most complex excessive force related lawsuits. Call us at call (201)-420-1913 or email at joel@joelsilbermanlaw.com today to schedule an appointment.

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The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC

The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC

Joel Silberman’s path to becoming a Criminal Defense Attorney started when he earned his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.After finishing law school, Joel was a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable George F. Rohde, Jr., J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jers…

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