New York State does not expunge felonies. It will sealjuvenile matters, dismissals, acquittals
, youthful offender dispositions, and favorable drug court
dispositions by operation of law. It is possible, though generally unlikely, to get a matter sealed down the road by petitioning the court. It would require a lawyer and the consent of the DA.
You can apply for a Certificate of Relief
from Civil Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct (depending upon your criminal record
) to restore your civil rights (except for gun
rights) after a NYS felony offense and to prevent NYS employers from discriminating against you on the basis of a NYS misdemeanor
or felony conviction. This does not seal the record but is the equivalent of a pardon from the state, and official acknowledgment that a defendant has turned his life around. You can find out how more about what they do and don't do and how to obtain one here: http://www.legal-aid.org/selfhelp/employment/offender_certificates.html
The right to a speedy trial
is a Constitutional right which applies to criminal cases only.
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