Seal up to Two Criminal Convictions in New York.


As of October, 2017, it has become possible to file a motion in Criminal Court in New York to seal up to two criminal convictions (including one felony).  These criminal convictions must be ten years or more old, and you must have been out of trouble during the ten years from conviction to the filing of the motion to seal.  There are some exceptions, but this new law (New York Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.59) is one of the most expansive sealing laws in the United States.  Shalley and Murray, an established New York City criminal defense law firm is prepared to work with you to take advantage of this new law now that it has finally become effective.

The time has come to be free of the burden.

Sealing or Expunging criminal Conviction records?

People often talk about expunging convictions and sealing convictions, but what is the difference between sealing and expunging?  And will that difference matter to you?

Expungement of criminal records is the idea of erasing all information about the conviction from the universe, while sealing criminal records is more about hiding the information from the public, but allowing access to the information by law enforcement in extremely limited circumstances. 

The new law (Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.59) involves sealing criminal convictions rather than expunging criminal convictions.  Therefore, the new law will not erase all information about a conviction from the universe forever.

But don't get caught up in the terminology and worrying too much about the difference between an expunged criminal record and a sealed criminal record.  The new sealing law of Section 160.59 has a permanent and significant effect that in most circumstances will solve the problems that you have endured as a result of having the conviction.  

You could be rid of the conviction at long last.

Listen to Don Murray Explain the Conviction Sealing Law

New York criminal defense lawyer Don Murray, partner at Shalley and Murray, reviews in plain language the new law about sealing criminal conviction records in New York.

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(But be sure to verify with a lawyer whether you think you may or may not be eligible to have a conviction sealed.  Sometimes it can be tricky.)

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