Expungement of Criminal Records in New York
Seal Your Criminal Past with Our New York Appeal Attorneys
New York criminal defense lawyers at Sullivan Brill are well aware of the difficulties that exist when an
individual has a criminal record. If you fall into this category, you
may have experienced limited job opportunities or restricted federal and
state education assistance. Perhaps you are living with limited family
rights, such as your right to marry, adopt, or retain custody of your
children. Maybe you are unable to legally license a firearm, vote, or
sit on a jury. What makes this even more painful is that you may have
made this mistake many years ago and have been law-abiding ever since.
What's worse, in today's age of "Google" and background
checks, your past is far from hidden – so it is just a matter of
time before your past record catches up with you. But, do not lose hope
just yet. Recently, the
New York State Bar Association approved a resolution supporting passage of legislation authorizing the
sealing of criminal records of reformed offenders.
We at Sullivan Brill receive hundreds of phone calls from individuals who
are desperately seeking expungement of their criminal records in New York.
However, New York, unlike several other states, has no law permitting
the expungement of criminal records. While the pardon is an option, this
governor's tool is rare and used quite sparingly. Given this backdrop,
the NYSBA resolution is a welcomed development and one that will help
our clients in the future.
A reading of the NYSBA resolution makes certain things clear. First, this
is a "sealing" proposal not expungement of a criminal record.
In other words, criminal records will not be permanently destroyed (in
the event that one is prosecuted for future crimes) but rather, rendered
inaccessible and protected. Second, the only crimes that are applicable
here are low-level, non-violent D felonies and non-violent E felonies.
Lastly, this resolution will apply only to first-time offenders –
it will not address habitual offenders or career criminals.
While New York is still some years away from offering you the opportunity
to seal your past criminal record, feel free to stay on top of this issue
by contacting us or continuing to check our website.
Until New York passes a "sealing past criminal records" law,
you still have options. At Sullivan Brill, we can assist you in applying
for a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities (CRD) or a Certificate of
Good Conduct (CGC) to restore many rights you have lost due to a criminal
conviction. If you were convicted of no more than one felony, you can
apply for a CRD. If you were convicted of any number of crimes, you can
apply for a CGC. For individuals who have federal criminal records, we
can apply to the New York State Board of Parole or the New York State
Probation Department on your behalf.
Contact our firm today!
At Sullivan Brill, we have been representing individuals with past criminal
records for over 15 years. We have set out to make sure that someone's
past does not destroy their future. If you or someone you know has been
convicted of a state or federal crime and is looking for some remedy,
call our firm or complete our
free evaluation form, and an experienced post-conviction attorney will discuss your case with you.