Q: Is it possible for a judge to seal your record immediately at the time of the guilty plea? (NYC)
7 Years ago (age 20-22?) I was charged with Felony Grand Larceny. I have done several background checks and I’m unable to find the charge. The situation was very unique and borderline civil! The judge I could tell was unhappy with me being there (she said multiple times “I don’t like this at all” and “something doesn’t feel right about this”). She even appointed me one of the best attorneys free of charge. I ultimately pleaded guilty in fear for going to jail. Is it possible the judge sealed my case immediately? I can’t find anything at all- no record! This took place in Manhattan , NY. Thank you for your help!
A: If you plead guilty to a crime, I doubt it was sealed. When the courts finally re-open after this pandemic, go to the court clerks office and request a Certificate of Disposition. You can possibly have your matter sealed after 10 years after the conviction pursuant to CPL section 160.59
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