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How to Seal Your NY Criminal Record

Many people ask, “How do I clear my criminal record?” The question is natural and obvious. A criminal conviction can haunt you for life; effecting job opportunities, limiting housing options, hurting your credit, being a reoccurring personal embarrassment, and much more. Recently, New York State created a mechanism for sealing criminal convictions. Criminal Procedure Law 160.59 allows a person with a conviction that is at least 10 years old to apply to have their record sealed. To be considered applicants cannot have more than (1) two misdemeanor convictions, or (2) one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction. Once a criminal record is sealed the conviction would no longer be fo

She endured a New Yorker's worst fear...

She was innocently standing on the sidewalk talking with a friend when her life changed suddenly and forever. A livery cab driver lost control of his car, hopped the curb, and crashed into her. Our client- an active mother of two who was fully employed - lost consciousness, went to the hospital, endured over year of therapy, and, according to the doctors, will have a lifetime of pain. Despite the negligent driver being clearly at fault in causing this New York City nightmare, the insurance company took, essentially, a no-pay position deciding to roll the dice with the jury. Big mistake. We went to trial championing our client’s just cause. Our trial team presented a strong and compelli

The government can’t do that hints SCOTUS

The government can’t just take and sell your stuff after an arrest- that’s the signal the Court’s Justices gave during recent oral arguments. The custom, officially known as civil asset forfeiture and pejoratively as policing for profit, was justified by a limited reading of both the 8th amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and of the 14th amendment which was meant to bring the Bill of Rights to the states. This strict interpretation paved the way for local governments to often initiate a parallel civil lawsuit in order to take your property following an arrest (e.g., suing to keep a car which was seized in connection with the arrest of someone suspected of Driving While Intoxic

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