My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced NYS criminal
Yes, your criminal record
stays with you for the rest of your life unless the law of your state allows you to expunge it, which New York does not do. It does not seal felony convictions, no matter how old they get.
To reduce the discrimination caused by a criminal record, you could get yourself a Certificate of Relief
from Civil Disabilities. You get it through the Department of Parole
, and it's a pretty useful document. It's free to obtain, you can apply for it without a lawyer, and though it doesn't erase your conviction, it would make it unlawful for employers and licensing agencies in New York State to discriminate against you because of your conviction.
You can find out how to get the certificate and what it does and doesn't do here:
The Certificate will help you in NYS, but it won't get you into Canada. There is a special waiver that you can apply for if you've got a criminal record and want to visit Canada. You can post a question in our Canada law section and a Canadian lawyer can tell you if you're eligible and how to go about getting one.