PATERSON, NJ- While there is no shortage of results when doing an online search on how to expunge a criminal record in New Jersey, the information provided, whether because it’s marketing material for an attorney seeking business, or a 34-page document by the State of New Jersey, may yield more questions than it does answers.
Acknowledging that “for too many in our community a mistake in the past means a more difficult and less productive future,” Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) along with Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35) and City Council President Ruby Cotton are hosting an expungement seminar.
This is the 6th year Assemblyman Wimberly has co-hosted this seminar, an event he says he will continue.
The event will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church, 575 East 18th Street, on Tuesday, November 28, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Local attorney Kenyatta Stewart, Esq. will present at the seminar on the opportunity to use the legal remedy to provide relief to the one-time offender.
Asked about the significance of hosting the event at Calvary Minister Michael J. Smith said that it gives individuals “an opportunity to move their lives forward,” which goes along with the historic 138 year old church’s mission of “glorifying God and serving humanity.”
“Once someone has paid for their transgressions as dictated by the legal system they should have a full opportunity to get on with their lives. Expungement allows for that,” Wimberly said.