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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