The State of New Jersey allows individuals to seek relief from their criminal history by applying for an expungement or by applying for a gubernatorial pardon. An expungement is granted by the court of conviction. It removes from record and public access any evidence of arrest, conviction, and punishment of a criminal offense.   An Executive Pardon is forgiveness from the Governor of the State of New Jersey. Individuals may apply for a pardon if they are ineligible for an expungement. If one of these methods of relief are granted, individuals can state that they have no criminal record and they are further relieved from any future punishment because of their past convictions.

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