Seal Your Convictions. You Owe it to Yourself.

Ten years ago, or even more, you made a mistake or two. It was a different time for you. And you paid the price for those mistakes with what then was a permanent criminal record.

Sure it has been a long time and in that time you have earned the right to be free of this burden. You have worked hard. You have done right. Maybe you have even found a way in the world where you have overcome the conviction and are able to provide for yourself and your family.

But the conviction is still there. Regardless of how much time has gone by and what you have done, it is still a public record. New York still thinks you are criminal.

That conviction, and that attitude was there forever.

But about a year ago, everything changed.

A New Law Representing A New Dawn

In October, 2017, New York enacted a new law that allows people to permanently seal up to two criminal convictions, including one felony conviction.

The new law requires that a fairly complex legal motion be prepared and submitted to the Court. The District Attorney’s Office is given the opportunity to object, and the Court has the power to order a hearing on the motion. The Court is given wide discretion in deciding the motion, but the law provides a series of factors for the Court to consider.

be screened by a lawyer for eligibility

If you have one or two convictions over ten years old, you need to be screened by a lawyer for eligibility under the new law, because as broad as the new law is, not everyone is going to be eligible. Generally, violent felony convictions and sex offender convictions will not be eligible for sealing. BUT DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOUR CASE IS INELIGIBLE. There are some subtleties to this that require a lawyer’s analysis.

Many people, for example, assume that a felony gun conviction is going to be considered violent and therefore ineligible for sealing. While this is usually true, there is a notable exception that makes at least one common type of criminal possession of a weapon felony actually eligible for sealing. We have already been directly involved in the sealing of just such a felony gun conviction. If the client hadn’t called us because he just assumed that he was ineligible, he would still have a felony criminal record to this day. As it is we were able to convince a Judge to seal what was in his case, an eligible felony gun conviction.

We Have already helped many others

We have helped quite a few people already, since the very day this new law became effective. A few examples of cases where we have won sealing include:

  • 2004 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree conviction from Nassau County

  • 1994 Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree conviction from Queens County

  • 1999 Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree conviction from Bronx County

  • 1993 Criminal Possession of Stolen Property conviction from Queens County

We can help you too.

Take advantage of this wonderful new law.

You really have earned it.

 
 

Call 718-268-2180 for your free screening and consultation.

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Hi. This is Don Murray. I helped to found Shalley and Murray more than 20 years ago. New York’s new sealing law is probably one of the most exciting things to develop in criminal law in New York in my memory. It represents an amazing opportunity for good people to wipe away the impact of mistakes made long ago for people who have earned that right.

It is exciting, as a criminal defense lawyer, be able to be part of this happy and emotional process. In preparing motions to seal, we get to hear so many amazing stories of good people overcoming long odds. These are people who have earned the right to come back to court not on their knees begging for a prize, but standing tall, rightfully proud of their achievements and proudly applying for relief they have most certainly earned.

I want to hear your story too, so that I can help you tell that story to the Court and get the relief you have coming to you under New York’s new sealing law.

Please call me at 718-268-2171 for your free screening and consultation.