Are you struggling to find employment or housing due to a criminal record? New York state laws provide options for individuals looking for a fresh start. Expungement and sealing of criminal records may be available to those who qualify.
In this blog, we will explore the process of felony expungement in New York, how to expunge a criminal record in New York, and what criminal records cannot be expunged.
What is expungement and sealing of criminal records?
Expungement and sealing of criminal records refer to the process of having a criminal record removed from public view. This means that the record will not be accessible to the public or potential employers, property owners, or educational institutions. The purpose of expungement and sealing is to give individuals a second chance and the opportunity to move forward from past mistakes.
How do I expunge my criminal record in New York?
In New York, the process of expunging or sealing a criminal record is complex and involves meeting specific requirements. The type and severity of crime committed will determine if the record is eligible for expungement or sealing. Individuals seeking expungement or sealing must meet certain waiting periods, have completed their sentence, and not have any additional criminal convictions.
What criminal records cannot be expunged?
It is essential to understand that not all criminal records are eligible for expungement or sealing. Crimes that cannot be expunged include violent felonies, sex offenses, and crimes that resulted in death or serious injury. Traffic violations, misdemeanors, and certain non-violent felonies are more likely to be eligible for expungement or sealing.
Example of expungement in New York
John was arrested for and convicted of shoplifting when he was 18. Since then, he has completed college and has been working hard to establish a successful career. However, his past criminal record has been a barrier for him in obtaining certain job opportunities. After researching his options, John decides to pursue expungement of his criminal record. With the help of a qualified attorney, John is successful in having his criminal record expunged. John is now able to apply for better job opportunities with confidence and without fear of discrimination based on his past.
Looking to have a criminal record sealed?
If you are looking for a fresh start, contact the Law Offices of Norman Mattar. We can help you determine if you are eligible for expungement or sealing of your criminal record. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through the process and provide the legal support you need to move forward. Don’t let your past hold you back from achieving your full potential. Contact us today for a consultation. Call 716-633-4300.