As seen in the NY Law Journal: Richard Collins explains to state bar delegates the recommendation to authorize sealing of some criminal records.
Delegates Back Proposal to Seal Criminal Records
By Joel Stashenko
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.
The bar group’s policy-making body on Jan. 27 overwhelmingly approved a resolution supporting passage of legislation to authorize sealing the criminal records of reformed offenders.
Richard D. Collins of Collins, McDonald & Gann in Mineola, the co-author of the recommendation, said the state bar wanted to address the “indirect, collateral” effects of a conviction. He observed that the bar adopted a report six years ago that warned of the impact of such collateral consequences.