A criminal record changes almost every aspect of your life. Whether you’re trying to buy a home, apply for a new job, gain custody of your children, or even visit another country, one mistake can create serious problems that last for years after you have completed your sentence. In a previous post, we answered a few of the most common questions we receive about record sealing and expungement, so be sure to read through that entry if you would like to learn even more about the subject. In today’s post, we will continue to answer even more of your questions.

It is important to note that expungement law is complex and there is no one-size-fits-all answer that will apply to each and every case. This post can serve as a helpful guide, but speaking with an experienced criminal attorney in New York is the only way to determine your chances of successfully sealing or expunging your record. Contact the Law Office of Lisa Pelosi to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney who knows the intricacies and complexities of expungement law.

Record Sealing and Expungement FAQs

What Does a Criminal Record Affect?

As we briefly noted above, a criminal record can significantly affect a number of different aspects of your life. Most employers require background checks during the hiring process, and a criminal record can easily overshadow even the most impressive résumés. Criminal convictions can also make it more difficult to secure loans, attend college, gain citizenship in another country, and purchase firearms.

How Soon Can I Seal or Expunge My Record?

The answer to this question varies from state to state. New York requires a 10-year crime-free waiting period before you can begin the process of sealing or expunging your record. The waiting period begins the day that you have been convicted or released from incarceration if you were required to serve time; whichever date is later.

My Record Has Been Expunged. Does It Still Count as a Prior Conviction?

Yes, at least as far as the court and law enforcement agencies are concerned. A sealed or expunged offense will not be erased or removed from your record, and it will be considered by law enforcement officers and members of the court should you find yourself faced with another charge. In general, sentencing laws are harsher when prior convictions are on your record, even if they have been successfully sealed or expunged.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney In New York

We hope that this two-part series has answered some of your questions about record sealing and expungement. The process is complex, intricate, and completely dependent on your specific circumstances, so please reach out to the Law Office of Lisa Pelosi to schedule a consultation if you would like to learn more. As an experienced criminal defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience, Lisa Pelosi will do everything she can to help you wipe your slate clean.

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