Sealing Your Record Can Help You Move On With Your Life
A criminal conviction can be a major life hurdle. Though you may have served your punishment, having a record can present a significant hindrance in gaining employment or finding a residence. You may feel understandably frustrated, as though no matter how you try to escape a past mistake, it seems to permanently linger over you.
Fortunately, in some cases, expungement can provide a clean slate. At Lerner & Lerner, P.C., we offer clients in Nassau County the opportunity to start anew by helping them through the process of sealing a criminal record. While New York does not offer a true expungement, they offer a sealing which allows you to check the box no when asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime, which may greatly assist individuals who are aiming to get their lives back on track.
How Does The Sealing Process Work?
Certain misdemeanor and felony convictions can be sealed, but not all crimes qualify. It is worth noting that sexual offenses and violent felonies are not eligible for this process. An attorney can advise you on your case’s eligibility and what exactly is needed to seal your record. Once the sealing has taken place, only a select number of parties will be able to view your history, including:
- An employer, if you are seeking to work in law enforcement
- Yourself, by requesting a copy of your record
- Military officials, should you opt to enlist
- Your probation or parole officer
- Law enforcement officials, after gaining court approval
There are time durations that need to take place before certain convictions can be sealed, and the process can be complex. Sealing a criminal record requires petitions and other documentation, so having a legal professional on your side to ensure accuracy can be incredibly helpful.
Our Firm Can Help You Reach A Brighter Future
If you are looking for a record sealing lawyer in Nassau County, we are available to answer your questions. You can send us an email through our contact page, or reach us by phone at 516-741-4100 to arrange for a consultation.