When a juvenile is convicted of a crime at age 16 or 17, it can have a serious impact on the rest of their life. A conviction at such a young age can harm any chance of finding the success they want as an adult, even if they have had a clean record since. Governor Cuomo has made the decision to pardon certain convictions that occurred when a person was 16 or 17 years of age so they can have this heavy burden lifted. This means that landlords, employers, and other institutions will not see your criminal history.
There are many different eligibility requirements in order to be able to obtain such a pardon. In order to be pardoned of your conviction, the conviction must have taken place at least 10 years ago. The crime must not have been of a violent or sexual nature. In addition, you must not have had any further convictions since that offense. Aside from the factors associated with your criminal history, there are a number of other factors that are considered in determining your eligibility. There is a residency requirement that you must currently live in the state of New York. You must also make sure to pay all of your income taxes. Finally, it is important that you are able to prove that you are a productive member of society. Being a productive member of society or of your community simply means that you are doing something that will benefit yourself and the community around you either now or in the future by working or attending school.
If you have questions about your potential for eligibility to obtain a pardon, it is important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney today.
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. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.