Are You Eligible to Have Your Criminal Record Sealed?
Finding work can be challenging if you have previously been convicted of a crime. In 2012, Massachusetts changed their laws regarding record sealing. The new law allowed people to restrict access to their criminal records five years after a misdemeanor conviction and ten years after a felony conviction- down from ten and fifteen years respectively.
Find out which records are eligible to be sealed.
- There are different eligibility requirements for sealing criminal records depending on whether or not there was a conviction
- Felony — 10 years after you were found guilty or after any jail or prison time, whichever date is later.
- Misdemeanor — 5 years after you were found guilty or after any jail or prison time, whichever date is later.
Sealing conviction records
The conviction sealing process is governed by MGL c. 276, s. 100A. You can ask the Massachusetts Probation Service (MPS) to seal some criminal convictions. You can ask to seal a criminal record under these circumstances:
Sealing records without convictions
The non-conviction sealing process is governed by MGL c. 276, s. 100C. You can ask the court where the offense originated to request to seal a criminal court record without a conviction for the following case results:
- Not guiltyfinding by a court or a jury
- No billreturned by a grand jury (failure to indict)
- No probable causefinding by a court
- Dismissalwithout probation entered by a court
Call today and schedule a free consultation and find out if you are eligible