Q: Can you assist me in sealing my record?
A: If the case ended with a dismissal, you can petition the court anytime. If it was a conviction, you need to wait 3 years for a misdemeanor or 7 years for a felony. I do a lot of petitions to seal, so feel free to call if you have any questions: 781-797-0555.
A: It isn't too complicated to seal a record, but the process will depend on when the offense occurred, whether it was a misdemeanor or a felony, and whether it can be done 'on paper' or have to go in front of a Judge. You are entitled to seal misdemeanor convictions (or cases) 3 years after the probation ends, and felony's 7 years after the probation ends. If you want to do it sooner then it is possible but requires a Judge to act on a Motion to Seal. If there was no conviction, e.g. a dismissal or other non conviction result then the statute requires it to go in front of the Court that heard the case, however, sometimes they can slip by 'on paper'. In addition, sealing will prevent 'the public' from being able to learn of the offense, but law enforcement will always be able to see the record, and some employment situations would permit it as well. I handle these all the time and am happy to assist as well. You can reach me at 781-329-3373.
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