Long Island criminal defense lawyer Jason Bassett releases a new article (https://jbassettlaw.com/sealing-criminal-convictions/) that discusses the process of sealing criminal convictions. The lawyer mentions that someone’s criminal record may remain with them long after their sentence is completed. A criminal record can make finding a decent job almost impossible.
“With a criminal record, you may be denied housing or disqualified from receiving public benefits. You can find yourself being rejected from educational programs and denied certain professional licenses. It can seem that you will have to carry your past mistakes around with you for the rest of your life,” says the Long Island criminal defense lawyer.
The lawyer explains that New York doesn’t have any laws to expunge or erase criminal convictions. New York Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.59 does provide a procedure for “sealing” criminal convictions. It can be complicated for someone not well versed in the law.
Attorney Jason Bassett also states that to be eligible to seal a case, the individual must have been crime-free for at least 10 years after their date of conviction or release. There is a limit on the number of convictions that a person can have “sealed”. They can have up to 2 misdemeanor convictions, or 1 felony and 1 misdemeanor conviction sealed.
In the article, attorney Bassett explains that even though someone has had more than 2 convictions, sealing can be possible as long as the convictions are related. An individual with a pending case in criminal court is not allowed to have convictions sealed.
According to the criminal defense lawyer, “Once a court approves your motion, all official court and Division of Criminal Justice Services records relating to those specific arrests, prosecutions, and convictions will be sealed. Members of the public – including employers and housing agencies – cannot see any conviction that is sealed.”
Lastly, the lawyer emphasizes how important it is to have a skilled lawyer when dealing with matters like sealing criminal sentences. An experienced lawyer can help someone live a normal life after they have served their sentence.
About Jason Bassett Criminal Attorney
Jason Bassett, Esq. has dedicated his practice to defending the rights of those who are accused of criminal offenses. He puts his unique perspective as a former prosecutor to work and provides the best legal assistance he can give to his clients. Mr. Bassett brings a unique combination of skill, experience, and zealous advocacy to provide his clients with the best possible outcomes. Contact him today to schedule a consultation.
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