I was harassed by my former spouse & filed a complaint which resulted in a guilty plea & the judge "granted civil stipulation as per R.7:6-2(A)". I had to file a motion in family court & included the disposition from that case to prove that I was being harassed. I didn't know that family court is a civil court but the judge didn't think it was relevant anyway. My former spouse just filed a complaint against me and I've been charged with 2C:52-30 which is revealing an expunged or sealed record. The judge in the harassment case referred to the civil stipulation as "sealing the record" but I don't think that's correct. In NJ records can't be expunged or sealed for 5 years for a disorderly persons offense. I don't think I broke the law but I don't know what to say in court to prove it.The motion case is closed & that judge didn't reference the harassment in the final order so I don't believe my ex suffered any damages from my mistake. My only concern is the criminal charge & I'm planning to highlight to the judge that I was ignorant of the civil stipulation: I thought it just meant I couldn't use it to sue in civil court, I didn't know that it couldn't be brought up in family court. In the initial motion that my ex filed there was a claim that I "misused the domestic violence laws" (I also have an FRO against my ex) so I I felt the need to include the harassment disposition to defend myself. I honestly didn't know that family court was a part of civil court (I thought there were 3 courts: criminal, civil & family). I feel very strongly that the 2C:52-30 is a false & invalid charge. Should I write a letter to family court to ask them to strike the document from the record to make amends for my mistake? Is there anything else I should do to defend myself? Thank you.