If you are looking for an affordable New Jersey expungement lawyer, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Rather than billing at an hourly rate, most expungement lawyers in New Jersey will charge a flat, fixed fee to handle your expungement. These flat fees can range anywhere from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00 – depending on the attorney. If you are shopping around for a New Jersey expungement attorney, you have most likely received various quotes from attorneys falling somewhere within this price range.
When inquiring as to an expungement attorney’s fee however, one thing you should always make sure you ask is whether or not the attorney’s fee is all inclusive. In order words, you should ask whether or not the attorney’s fee includes court filing fees, copying costs, certified mail costs, and other expenses. Some attorneys will quote you a lower “flat fee” to handle your case, but then charge you separately for various expenses. The current filing fee for an expungement in New Jersey is $75.00. In addition to filing fees, however, additional expenses you might be billed for could include copying costs and certified mailing fees. Given the fact that you will be required to serve the expungement paperwork on several agencies, courts, and/or police stations via certified mail, these costs will quickly add up.
Affordable New Jersey Expungement Lawyer
At the Law Office of Katherine O’Brien, we are up front about our expungement fees. In addition, all of our expungement fees are true flat-rate fees, meaning they are all inclusive. Thus, we do not bill you separately for filing fees or court costs as these items are include in our baseline fees.
Our flat-rate expungement fees are as follows:
- $695.00 for a basic expungement;
- An additional $100.00 for each additional arrest; and
- An additional $1,000.00 if you are applying for an “early pathway” expungement or if you are applying for the expungement of a conviction for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) with the intent to sell/distribute.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if you are shopping for an affordable New Jersey expungement lawyer, you should make sure that any cost cutting does not reduce the quality of your representation. Katherine O’Brien has extensive experience handling expungements in New Jersey and has represented hundreds of clients in successfully expunging their records. While we offer a lower cost option to hiring an expungement attorney and paying a larger retainer, we do not cut corners. At the Law Office of Katherine O’Brien, expungements are one of our main areas of practice. By focusing our practice on expungements, we are better able to streamline the expungement process and, in turn, charge you a lower rate and making it possible for your to retain an affordable expungement lawyer in New Jersey.
Moreover, we are a local New Jersey law firm, not a “national” firm located outside of New Jersey. Don’t make the mistake of hiring a law firm in California or Texas to handle your New Jersey expungement!
At the Law Office of Katherine O’Brien, we’re different. We want to make hiring an expungement attorney less expensive. We don’t provide you with documents or coach you on how to represent yourself in court. Moreover, we handle your expungement case from start to finish.
Contact us today for a free consultation to speak to an affordable expungement attorney in New Jersey. You can reach us anytime at 856-832-2482 or by filling out our Expungement Interview Form. We look forward to speaking to you.