Less Than 1% of Ex-Offenders Have Taken Advantage of New Sealing Law
NY Daily News Article Highlights That Hundreds of Thousands of Eligible Applicants Can Benefit from Criminal Record Sealing in New York
According to the latest data, there are 600,000 individuals in New York who are eligible to have their criminal records sealed – yet surprisingly, less than 1% of those eligible have taken advantage of this new law. An article in the New York Daily News this week has brought to light the fact that since the new criminal record sealing law in New York went into effect in October 2017, fewer than 800 individuals in New York who are eligible to have their records sealed have come forward to start the process – pointing to the fact that many people still aren’t aware of this life-changing opportunity to seal their criminal records.
The article highlights the fact that greater awareness of the new sealing law is needed – and can potentially impact the lives of hundreds of thousands eligible ex-offenders in New York. Out of the 800 New Yorkers who have had their records sealed since the law went into effect, 159 have been in Manhattan, 109 have been in Nassau County and 91 have been in Suffolk County – with these numbers “barely making a dent” in the hundreds of thousands of nonviolent offenders still out there who can potentially benefit from the recently-passed New York state criminal record sealing law.
As a longtime leader and trailblazer in the area of criminal record sealing who played an instrumental role in changing state law and making criminal record sealing a reality here in New York, Rick Collins and his team of attorneys have helped many of those who have come forward so far to have their records sealed – and secured the first criminal record sealing in Nassau County (and possibly New York State) upon the law first being passed. With so many potential ex-offenders who are still out there who can tremendously benefit from this new law, Rick notes the importance of people taking that first step to seek legal counsel to see if they are eligible – and working with an attorney with experience in this area to help them navigate through a process that can truly be life-changing.
To see if you or someone you know may be eligible for criminal record sealing in New York, call us at 516-294-0300 or email us at [email protected].
To read the NY Daily News article, click here: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-sealing-law-low-numbers-20190205-story.html.