This is the next post in my series on the sealing or clearing of New York criminal records. My last article discussed the process of sealing a prior conviction. While the process may seem straightforward, it is important to understand that if mistakes are made then such errors can delay the granting of the Petition. Under a worst-case scenario, the mishandling of your Petition can even result in its denial. It is, therefore, best to discuss your situation with an attorney in order to ensure that your case is handled properly. In this article I will discuss another important topic – how a lawyer can assist you with such a matter. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my Long Island office today.
There are several ways in which an attorney can assist with the sealing of a record. First, if you have multiple convictions, counsel will ensure that you clear your record to the extent possible. It does little good if one prior conviction is removed but another stays on your visible history. Second, counsel can ensure that the necessary procedures are followed. Your representative will understand which documents must be acquired from the Court, how those documents are to be presented in your Petition, and the proper procedures for filing your Petition. This means that your attorney will ensure that your matter is properly filed and served. Perhaps most importantly, your lawyer will know how to present the matter to the Court in the event that the District Attorney files an Objection to the case. These safeguards help increase the chances that your case is handled without complications.
One of the greatest benefits of retaining an attorney is that it can help to ensure that your case is handled without any unnecessary delays. Quite often, people need to seal their records so that they can move their life forward. They may need to pass a background check to obtain housing, or they may be having difficulty in gaining employment. If you are waiting to apply for a job, for example, then any delays in your case will only prolong that wait. The fees paid to a legal representative can quickly seem like a good investment when you realize that they helped prevent your case from being delayed.
If you wish to seal a New York criminal record then contact my office today to speak with a Long Island attorney. As a former public defender, I am aware of how a criminal record can hinder one’s future. I strongly believe that everyone is entitled to a fresh start and the highest levels of respect. My office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. My office also serves Kings County residents in Brooklyn, residents of Queens, those in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as people in other New York areas.