How Can I Clear My Criminal Record?

If you are hoping to seal your criminal record from public view and background checks in New York, it is important to consult an attorney who can tell you if you meet eligibility requirements right away and who can guide you through the process efficiently.

Sealing your criminal record can shield past convictions from employers, educational institutions and others, but not from government agencies.

In other states, you can expunge (eliminate) some past criminal convictions from your permanent record completely. However, the state of New York does not allow expungement. Our Bronx-based attorneys help people throughout New York City seal their records under specific circumstances and challenge the accuracy of their records if incorrect information is preventing them from applying for jobs or educational programs. Our law firm has been serving New York for over 45 years.

Generally, your record may be sealed if your criminal case resulted in a dismissal or an acquittal. Additionally, if you were convicted of a minor offense concerning a controlled substance or certain other minor offenses, and you have completed a judicial diversion program, you may be able to have your criminal record sealed.

What If You Are Not Eligible For Criminal Record Sealing In New York?

Other options might be available, and you should speak with one of our experienced lawyers about your eligibility:

  • Certificate of relief from disabilities: If you have not been convicted of more than one felony, a certificate of relief can reverse some or all legal limitations regarding employment, firearm possession, voting and licenses.
  • Certificate of good conduct: If you have been convicted of more than one felony, a certificate of good conduct can reverse some or all legal limitations regarding employment opportunities, licenses and the ability to run for public office.

Schedule A Free Initial Consultation

Please call 718-618-5567 or toll free 877-419-3070, or email us to set up a meeting about sealing your criminal record in New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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