Maybe. If an applicant has ever been convicted of a crime, or is currently on parole or probation their application for a real estate license may be denied. See N.J.S.A. 45:15-9, 45:15¬12.1 and 2A:168A-1 et seq. You indicate that you were convicted of a misdemeanor possession of CDS with the intent to distribute. That charge does dot exist in NJ. NJ only recognizes disorderly persons possession, felony possession and felony possession with the intent to distribute. Possession only is expugnable. PWI is never expugnable unless the substance and quantity was marijuana under 25 grams. You must fully disclose the conviction on the application. If you don’t and they will see, you will likely get denied for lying. However according to the above it appears that they may look at convictions on a case by case basis.
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You need two kinds of legal service: you need to seek an expungement of your conviction and a criminal defense attorney can help you accomplish that. Then, you need an attorney who practices professional and occupational licensing law, a part of the legal field of administrative law. You are fortunate that N.J. is one of the few states with a truly meaningful expungement process. If you can get your conviction expunged, you are very likely to have no significant problem with your license eligibility.
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