How I can help you seal your record and get a fresh start

Do you want to try and put your past behind you and move towards a better future? If you have a criminal conviction in New York that is 10 years old I may be able to help you seal your record. As an attorney who has been practicing criminal defense law for almost 20 years I have seen the harsh effects felt by my clients when they have been convicted of criminal charges. New changes in New York state law now afford certain people the ability to get a fresh start. To have their previous convictions sealed. Call or email so we can discuss if I can help you.
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Benefits of having your record sealed

Having a prior criminal conviction sealed may affect the following…

Do you want to stop worrying about what will be found in a background check? Be able to truthfully tell employers you have not been convicted of a crime! Sealing your criminal record could help you in all these ways:

  • Your employment opportunities
  • Mortgages and loan financing
  • The cost of insurance
  • College admission and student loan programs
  • Enlistment in the military
  • Public Housing
  • International travel
  • Your ability to vote
  • Professional licensing and certificates
  • Your ability to own a firearm
  • The ability to check “NO” when asked if you have been convicted of a crime

Find out if you're eligible.

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Sealing process and eligibility

First we need to decide if you are eligible to have your record sealed.

You can seal up to one felony and one misdemeanor if…

  • Convictions took place in New York State
  • Conviction is over 10 years ago
  • You have not been convicted of any crimes since the convictions we are seeking to have sealed
  • You do not have any current open criminal cases
You are not eligible if…
  • You are required to register as a sex offender
  • You have previously obtained sealing of one felony and misdemeanor in New York State
  • You have received the maximum amount of judicial drug diversion sealings
  • The conviction is excluded from sealing under New York State law

If eligible we then submit...

  • Certificate of disposition for the offenses we are trying to seal
  • A statement if you have previously filed or intend to file applications of sealing for other eligible offenses
  • A copy of other applications that have been filed
  • A sworn statement as to convictions
  • And a sworn statement of reasons why court should grant sealing
Once submitted the District Attorney’s office has 45 days to object or submit a response to our submission. Then:
  • If the District Attorney objects, a hearing is mandatory.
  • If they do not object, a hearing may be waived or may proceed, based on the judge’s discretion.
The Judge will consider the following:
  • amount of time elapsed since defendant’s last conviction
  • circumstances and seriousness of the offense
  • can consider whether the arrest charge was an ineligible offense
  • circumstances and seriousness of any other offenses for which defendant stands convicted
  • character of defendant
  • measures taken towards rehabilitation
    • treatment programs
    • work
    • school
    • community service
    • volunteer programs
  • statements made by victim
  • impact that sealing would have upon rehabilitation and successful and productive reentry and reintegration into society

Scott Limmer's Legal Blog

I host a weekly legal practice management podcast, where my co-host Oscar Michelen and myself discuss issues faced by the solo and small firm lawyer. Discussions often focus around marketing, technology, networking, coaching and planning.

This presentation discusses the many ways a child can get in trouble using social media and technology.

With the advent of the use of social media, it is easier than ever for a text, a photograph or a social media post to result in some very unwanted attention, either by society or law enforcement. And because I feel that parents need to be aware of these issues, I created this presentation.

I felt that my experience as a criminal defence attorney representing many high school and college age kids, who committed what seemed like an innocuous act only to realize later they were in serious trouble with their school or law enforcement, gave me unique insight in this area.

The presentation begins with a discussion of how to keep children safe on-line. Focusing on how media (audio, video or photos) can go viral, the many ways someone can be harassed online and the dangers of having online contact with unknown people. I then discuss conduct that schools and law enforcement take seriously that could lead to difficulties that can last a lifetime We then discuss how to limit the online exposure of children and how to set rules for their tech use. The presentation can be for parents and students individually or together. You can contact me at the number below to schedule a presentation for your group.