If you have been acquitted of a crime, your charges have been dismissed or you were wrongfully convicted of a crime in New York, you may be able to have your record sealed. The good news is states such as New York and Illinois have implemented a process for erasing or sealing a convict’s criminal record after a wrongful conviction. You may also be able to have your record sealed for a juvenile conviction or a juvenile offender conviction or for convictions for some loitering or trespassing convictions.
Also some felonies and misdemeanors may be conditionally sealed if you complete a court ordered alcohol or drug treatment program and have no current pending charges. An executive pardon may be obtained under certain circumstances from the New York State Governor, although pardons are rare and difficult to obtain.
Since having a criminal record can make it difficult to obtain a job, housing or government assistance, it is important to find out whether are eligible to have your records sealed by consulting with an experienced and knowledgeable New York criminal records sealing attorney.
What Effect Does Sealing a New York Record Have?
Sealing a record means that a majority of the public and your current or potential employer will not be able to obtain confidential information about your criminal history. There are certain state government agencies such as when you apply for a gun permit, law enforcement agencies, the military, and a probation or parole officer that can still access your records though. Anyone can go to the court in the jurisdiction where a conviction for a disorderly conduct was made and access the records.
If you are unable to have your records sealed, you may also qualify for a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities if you have not been convicted or more than one felony in New York or any other jurisdiction. The Certificate may remove legal limitations related to employment regarding firearm possession or occupational licenses. It is also possible to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct for persons who have been convicted of more than one felony after a minimum period of time has passed since your sentence was completed or you were released form parole.
Getting Help from a New York Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been acquitted of a crime, or your charges were dismissed or you were wrongfully convicted, you may want to have your criminal history sealed. While you could try and complete the process on our own, most people find it difficult, frustrating and confusing and hire a New York criminal records sealing attorney to assist them with the process. Our attorneys are experienced at helping clients with getting criminal records sealed. We understand how difficult it can be for you having a criminal record and trying to get your life back on track. Your attorney will sit down with you and review your criminal history to determine if you are eligible to have your records sealed. Our criminal records sealing attorneys can help you with other options as well obtaining a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct.