New York Expungement Lawyers
Seal Your Criminal Past with Our New York Appeal Attorneys
Our New York criminal defense lawyers at Sullivan & Brill, LLP 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, LLP 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, LLP, 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, LLP, 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.