Having a criminal record can have a devastating effect on your life. It can make it more difficult to find a job, get housing, or qualify for public benefits. It can also affect things like your immigration status or eligibility to vote.

Fortunately, if you live in New York, you may be eligible to get these records sealed and eliminate the negative impacts of a criminal record. After the passage of a new law in 2017, Sealing is now available for misdemeanor convictions and all but the most serious felony convictions as long as those convictions took place ten years ago or longer.

Am I Eligible?

The answer to this question depends on the number of convictions on your records, the type of convictions, and the amount of time that has passed since these convictions. While New York law imposes relatively clear eligibility requirements, there are situations where a detailed understanding of the law is necessary.

What Does the Conditional Sealing Process Look Like?

  • Step 1: Determine Eligibility and Jurisdiction
  • Step 2: Prepare the Application
  • Step 3: Serve the Application on District Attorney and Court
  • Step 4: Attend Hearing (if necessary) 
  • Step 5: Get Official Copy of Sealing Order
  • Step 6: Confirm with OCA that Records Have Been Removed

Speak with a New York City Conditional Sealing Attorney Now

If you would like to reduce the potential effects of having a criminal record, place a call to a New York City conditional sealing lawyer as soon as possible.