There few things more damaging than a criminal record. These can prevent you from getting certain jobs, living in certain areas, and more. This is why we are happy to inform you that in many cases, if you’ve been convicted of a crime, we can have your record sealed. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have about the legal process going forward:
Does New York State allow expungements?
Unfortunately, if you have a criminal record, you may not get that record expunged. However, in certain cases, you may have your record sealed. Simply put, this means that though certain law enforcement agencies may have access to your criminal record, you may make your record private to the public.
How can I get my record sealed?
The first thing you will do is hire an attorney who can file a motion with the court. From here, you will speak with the county clerk where your charge was filed and prosecuted. Next, you and your attorney will complete the petition to seal records form. As long as the petition is approved, the clerk will notify you that your record has been sealed. That being said, this is far from a given; oftentimes, the courts challenge these petitions, in which case you and your attorney will have to gather and present additional evidence and prove your case in a courtroom. Do not make the mistake of hiring an attorney lacking the experience needed to win.
What crimes can be sealed in New York?
Various crimes may be sealed in New York State. They are as follows:
- Possession of less than ⅞ of an ounce of marijuana three years after being convicted
- Non-criminal violations, such as trespassing
- Certain crimes committed as a juvenile
- Any charge where there was no conviction
- Certain misdemeanors or felonies, as long as you either entered a court-mandated alcohol or drug treatment program, have no additional pending charges, and have satisfied any sentence or request mandated after you’ve completed treatment.
Having a criminal record sealed gives many individuals a new lease on life. If you believe you qualify for having your record sealed, you know where to turn. Simply reach out to Attorney Conway today.
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Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.