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Leaving your past criminal convictions in the past

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If you faced a conviction for a crime in New York, you have dealt with the fines, time behind bars and other penalties that accompanied it. Once you have repaid your debt to society, you are ready to move on, but you may be surprised to learn that your past mistake can continue to impact various areas of your life.

This is certainly frustrating, but you may be able to take legal steps to keep your conviction in the past where it belongs. You have the right to work with an attorney to explore your option to have your criminal record sealed.

Sealing criminal records in New York

New York laws do not allow for the expungement of a crime from an individual's criminal record, but having a record sealed is an option. According to the New York Unified Court System, the following situations automatically result in a sealed court record:

  • If you received a favorable result from your case
  • The offender was a child
  • You were considered a youthful offender

If your conviction involved a traffic citation or a common violation, such as trespassing or disorderly conduct, your record may be partially sealed.

Who is eligible to have criminal records sealed?

If you are eligible to have your criminal record sealed, this will keep potential employers, educational institutions and others who may run a background check from seeing that you have a conviction on your record. Government agencies will still have access to your records. You could have your records sealed if any of the following apply to your situation:

  • If you were acquitted
  • If you completed a judicial diversion program
  • If your case involved a minor crime involving a controlled substance
  • If your charges were related to a minor criminal offense

What happens if you cannot have your records sealed?

Not everyone will be eligible to have his or her criminal records sealed. If you find yourself in this situation, you still have legal options available to you. You could be eligible for a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct. Either of these may allow you more freedom or make certain rights and opportunities available to you.

A conviction in your past does not have to dictate the direction of your life going forward. It is important to know your options regarding keeping your past in the past, including the possibility of having your records sealed.

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