If you have been convicted of a criminal crime, you may be eligible to seal your criminal records. A new law that was passed by the NY State Legislature in October 2017 allows individuals to request to have their records sealed.


Who is Eligible?


In order to be eligible, the individual must not have been convicted of another crime for a period of ten (10) years from the day the individual was sentenced or released from jail/prison (whichever is later); and the individual must only have two (2) convictions on their criminal record. If you have two convictions, you may still be eligible to seal your criminal records if the convictions were related to the same incident(s).


What Type of Convictions Are Eligible Offenses for Sealing Criminal Records?


In New York, all misdemeanor and some felony offenses are eligible. However, the new law only allows an individual to seal one (1) felony. Crimes that are not eligible include sex offenses, violent felonies, and serious felonies.


My Records Are Sealed. Now What?


After the application has been submitted with the NY State Courts, the criminal record of the individual’s prior crime or crimes cannot be viewed by anyone other than qualified state agencies, or state and local law enforcement. However, if you are applying to become a police officer, or applying for a gun permit, your criminal records will be viewed by the appropriate agencies.


How to Apply to Seal Your Criminal Records?


Our office has experience handling applications to seal your criminal records. The application process and relevant laws are complex. If you are interested in applying to seal your criminal records, contact our office and we can assist you.


The information above is intended to provide limited information only and is not legal advice. The laws relating to criminal law, criminal procedure, and sealing criminal records in New York are complex. If you are a party to a matter concerning a criminal case and otherwise need further guidance in this or a related area of law, Singh & Rani, LLP can assist you. Attorney advertisement. Prior results to not guarantee similar outcome.


Bikram Singh

Mr. Singh has been practicing law in the New York State and Federal Courts for more than 11 years. He was a principal attorney at Bikram Singh Law, P.C., after graduating with honors from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2008.