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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Rick Collins to Present Awards to Senator Lee Zeldin and Anthony Colleluori at Criminal Justice Section Award Ceremony

Rick Collins and Marc Gann Head to New York State Bar Association Week for Meetings with Criminal Justice Section, NYSBA House of Delegates and NYSACDL  CMG partners Rick Collins and Marc Gann will be attending this week’s New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting – where, as leaders in New York criminal law and members […]

Rick Collins’ on the Importance of Second Chances

(as seen on huffingtonpost.com) It could be your niece or nephew. Or even your son or daughter. It might even have been you, many years ago. Good people make dumb mistakes, especially when they’re young. Maybe a neighbor’s mailbox is intentionally damaged. Maybe an item is stolen from a high-end department store. Maybe a small quantity […]

‘Check Yes Or No’: The Hurdles Of Job Hunting With A Criminal Past

Melissa spent months looking for a job — any job. For days, the 25-year-old consistently visited her welfare-to-work program in downtown Brooklyn, resume in hand and an interview smile splashed across her face. “Every day, Monday through Friday, 9 to 4,” she explains. “That’s dedication.” Melissa, who asked us to not reveal her last name, […]

Justice for All: Making Sure Everyone Who Needs Legal Help, Gets It

Recently, I received a call from a worried friend seeking my legal opinion on a traffic-based criminal matter he was facing.  During our call, he regretfully mentioned that “I wish I could use your firm but I just don’t think I can’t afford you.”   His statement got me thinking … and wondering if others out […]

Second Chance For Ex-Offenders Act Gains Support From AFL-CIO

Momentum and Outside Support Continues for Criminal Record Sealing in New York State The Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act – proposed legislation to give certain ex-offenders a second chance through the sealing of their criminal records – has just received an important vote of support from the New York State AFL-CIO. This is great news […]

Debate over sealing records on old crimes

Lakeisha has been haunted for nearly 20 years by a mistake she made as a teenager. In 1993, Lakeisha pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Suffolk County after failing to tell the government about money she held in a trust account while she was receiving public assistance. Even now, she maintains it was an honest […]

SEALING CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS UPDATE: As New York Senate Bill 5385-2013 Moves Forward, Criminal Record Sealing Gains Momentum

For the vast majority of New Yorkers with criminal convictions, the record is a permanent stain.  No matter how many years go by, the record forever remains.  No amount of good deeds can change it.  Currently, New York has no expungement or sealing law applicable to adults who are convicted of felonies or even misdemeanors […]

NY Bar recommends criminal record sealing

A recommendation to allow certain low-level criminal records to be sealed is being sent to the state Legislature for consideration. The move was approved Jan. 27 by the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates at the association’s annual meeting in New York City. Mineola attorney Richard D. Collins said most states have some mechanism to […]

Proposal to Cut Some Felonies From Records

The New York State Bar Association is proposing a change to state law that would allow more types of criminal records to be sealed, saying the shift would give offenders who stay out of trouble a better chance to rebuild their lives. The proposal, approved Friday in a vote by the association’s House of Delegates, […]

Delegates Back Proposal to Seal Criminal Records

Defendants who are convicted of non-violent crimes but avoid future wrongdoing would get a fresh start under a proposal backed by the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates. Click here to read the full article. (As seen on Law.com)


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