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Q: Does a 22 year old felony conviction show up on an employment background check?

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Michael Arbeit
Michael Arbeit
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Freeport, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: If the Felony conviction was in NY, the answer is YES. There is a way to seal that conviction (depending on what is was) if you meet certain requirements. See NYS CPL Section 160.59 or contact an attorney to see if that can be accomplished.

Kristen Epifania
Kristen Epifania
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Yes, a felony conviction will appear on a background check. Depending on a variety of eligibility factors, you can apply to have your conviction sealed by the court where you were sentenced. You certainly meet the required time period (ten years) but you will need to determine if it is an eligible crime as well - for example, violent felony offenses will not be eligible for sealing.

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