New York now allows for the sealing of prior convictions. Under the new statute, an application can be made to seal up to two convictions, only one of which can be a felony. To qualify for sealing, at least 10 years must have elapsed from the date of sentence or the release from incarceration, whichever comes later. Certain convictions are not eligible for sealing, including violent felonies, sex offenses under Article 130 of the Penal Law, homicides, A felonies, and an offense for which registration as a sex offender is required. Pursuant to the statute,the court must consider any relevant factors including the impact of sealing upon the defendant's reentry or rehabilitation as well as the impact on public safety and the public's confidence.
If you believe you may be eligible for sealing feel free to contact the office to discuss your options.