New York State allows people convicted of a felony or misdemeanor to seal up to two criminal convictions. To be eligible, you must have been convicted or completed your sentence more than 10 years ago, and you must not have committed a crime or any pending criminal charges since then. A felony can be sealed if the crime is not a violent one, an A-level drug conviction or one that is defined as a sex felony. All misdemeanors are eligible to be sealed, with the exceptions of forcible touching and forms of sexual abuse.

Having your criminal record sealed is not the same as having it expunged. Your record will remain visible to state and federal law agencies. However, by sealing your criminal record, you are ensuring that no private employer or institution can view it, which will make it easier to move on with your life.

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