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Don’t Let Past Mistakes Hurt Your Future

When you’re convicted in New York, a criminal record is created with the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services. That record is then forwarded to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, making the information relating to your arrest and conviction publicly available in a background check.

Having a conviction on your record makes life difficult, even long after you’ve paid your debt to society. Everyone knows they make getting jobs more difficult and may take away your Second Amendment right to own a gun, but convictions also limit more opportunities and remove more rights than you may know. For example, two Class B misdemeanor convictions will restrict you from living in a New York City Housing Authority apartment for at least three years.

The list of rights affected by convictions affected by convictions is too long to list here, but a conviction can limit you from getting the job you want, obtaining housing, getting professional licenses, legally owning a firearm, qualifying for government programs, and receiving student loans. A conviction on your criminal record may also prevent you from adoption, affect your immigration rights, and limit many other rights everyone else enjoys. Thankfully, New York law allows many people to seal both misdemeanor and felony convictions, restore firearm rights, and recover their rights that a criminal record has taken away.

Our law firm has helped thousands of clients deal with their criminal records, and we hear success stories from them often. If a conviction in New York is holding you back in life, keep reading to see what you can do about it.

Know Your Options

New York provides quite a few methods to remove or limit the availability of criminal records and restore your Second Amendment rights, so it’s important to review the specific circumstances surrounding the incidents on your record to determine the best method of relief.

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Eric David is a native Hoosier and with a broad range of professional experience in the US and China. He is a trained social worker and a licensed attorney in Indiana and New York.

Since finishing his undergraduate studies at Purdue University, he has worked for non-profits, government agencies, private firms, and international institutions.

In all his work, he is passionate about helping his clients solve problems and be the best they can be. Mr. David resides in Indianapolis with his partner and their two greyhounds.

This Information is for You

Since the majority of people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people may follow along and get the information needed to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we should be clear that some of this information can get complicated, and, in many cases, it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

To help you understand your rights, our lawyers have developed a tool that can be helpful in figuring out your options. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate in every situation, but our lawyers have invested substantial time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.

You can get started by using our Secure Eligibility Test, or you can give us a call at (844) 947-3732 to see if our legal staff is available for a free consultation. Be aware that our staff is often busy with current clients and a high volume of calls and appointments. If you’re serious about getting rid of your record, your best bet is to take our secure, confidential Eligibility Test and then schedule an appointment to discuss your results and options.

Legal Effect of New York Services

The two biggest issues our law firm’s clients encounter relate to obtaining employment and restoring firearm rights, so we’re going to discuss each in a little more detail.

  • How Will These Services Help Me Get A Better Job?

    The exact answer to this question depends on which criminal record service you use, but each of the services discussed should be helpful in obtaining a job, in varying degrees.

    Sealing a New York conviction is the best way to improve your chances of getting a job, as it will allow you to pass almost all background checks and legally state that you have not been convicted of the sealed offense. The main exception to this would be if you are applying to be a police officer. Certain Criminal Justice Agencies can view sealed records.

    Certificates for Relief from Disabilities and Certificates of Good Conduct will not help you pass a background check, but they should improve your employment prospects, as they are official legal documents demonstrating your rehabilitation. Most importantly, these certificates can remove bars to applying for certain jobs, getting professional licenses required for certain jobs, and can also make you eligible for government programs.

  • How Can I restore My Firearm Rights in New York?

    While sealing a New York conviction is the best way to improve your ability to pass a background check and get a job, they will have no effect on your ability to legally own a firearm.

    In contrast, Certificates of Good Conduct and Certificates for Relief from Disabilities aren’t as helpful in obtaining a job, but they both can restore your firearm rights. It is important to note that a judge can grant either of these certificates and decide to not restore your firearm rights. Typically, a Certificate for Relief from Disabilities has a higher chance of restoring your firearm rights, because qualifying for that type of certificate often requires that you have a less serious criminal history. For Certificates of Good Conduct, you may not have your firearm rights restored if you’ve been convicted of either a Class A Felony or violent offense.

    In our firm’s experience, it is more likely for a judge to restore firearm rights when the conviction was for a non-violent crime that happened a long time ago. Some counties are also more likely to restore firearm rights than others. Judges evaluate your behavior since being convicted and are more likely to restore firearm rights when you’ve led a lawful life since conviction and have a legitimate need for a firearm.

    We will go into more detail regarding restoring Second Amendment rights in New York on our New York Firearm Rights Restoration Page, but restoration typically involves both state and federal law that should be handled by an experienced lawyer. The lawyers in our firm regularly handle complex firearm rights restoration issues, so a good first step in exploring whether you can restore your firearm rights would be to take our Secure Eligibility Test. Then, if appropriate, set up a time to speak with our legal staff about how to proceed.

What You Need to Do to Get Rid of Your Record

If you are tired of having a criminal record hold you back, reach out to us by taking our Secure Eligibility Test or by giving us a call at (844) 947-3732. Our law firm has helped thousands of people with criminal records move on in life, leaving many of the negative effects of a criminal record behind.  Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are here to help you figure out what criminal record clearing services best fit your needs, and then help you accomplish your goals.  Using our secure, confidential Eligibility Test is the best way to get the process started.

Some of the potential benefits of expunging your criminal record in New York include:
  • Removing a finding of guilt from your criminal record to help you get a better job

  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for

  • Restoring your Second Amendment Right to bear arms

  • No longer being treated as a felon

  • Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs

  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities

  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities

  • Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources

Each of New York’s methods for dealing with your criminal record have different requirements and are meant for different circumstances.  To move forward, it’s important to determine which New York criminal record services are available to you, and then select the services that will provide the greatest benefit. Eastman Meyler, PC is here to help you navigate this very specific area of New York criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of a New York criminal record.

You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo list our attorneys as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys. Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all New York state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!