Seal New York Felony Conviction

SEAL NY FELONY CONVICTION

DO YOU HAVE A NEW YORK CRIMINAL RECORD THAT IS MORE TEN YEARS OLD?

Under THE new § 160.59 of New York’s Criminal Procedure Law, courts CAN seal:

  • up to two convictions (only one of which may be a felony)
  • APPLIES TO all crimes other than sex offenses, class A and violent felonies,
  • 10-year period runs from LATER OF the date of conviction or release from prison.
  • Sealed records will remain available to law enforcement & some licensing agencies but will be unavailable to the public.

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Check out news coverage of this exciting new law:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-law-helps-new-yorkers-old-convictions-seal-records-article-1.3485605

 

FAQ:

Does NY expunge criminal records?

Can you get a felony expunged in New York?

Can I have a felony removed from my record?

No. Generally, you can not have your criminal record expunged in New York State. You can get such records sealed in certain cases.

Up to two convictions can be sealed (but no more than one felony).

What is the difference between expunging a criminal record and sealing a criminal record?

Understanding expungement vs. sealing of a criminal record, one must understand the meaning of the terms

Expunge meaning to destroy, erase or delete would mean that the record went away.

To seal a criminal record in this context means to conceal or hide the record. To put it away so that it can not be viewed. No different than being sealed in a place and concealed rather than destroyed.

This distinction is important in understanding what happens when a criminal record is sealed in NY. As mentioned above, there are instances when the record would still be available to government officials and potentially in some other limited cases.

What types of convictions cannot be sealed in NY?

Generally, sex offenses, class A and violent felonies can not be sealed in NY.

How long does it take to have a criminal record sealed in NY?

There is no correct answer. However, because the District Attorney in the County of conviction has 45 days to file an objection, it is generally safe to say that it takes at least 46 days.

 

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