CRIMINAL RECORD SEALING (NYCPL 160.59)
A new law took effect in October 2017 permitting people whose prior convictions are more than 10 years old to apply to have two of those convictions "sealed." (Only one felony permitted, must be non-violent) Sealing will prevent most employers and agencies (including banks, landlords, etc.) from asking about, or taking adverse action because of a sealed conviction. Having a criminal history can be a devastating barrier to getting work, loans and licenses for certain trades and professions and getting on with your life.
This new law will permit two crimes (but only one qualifying felony) over ten years old, to be closed to public scrutiny. Your petition must be presented to a judge and then ruled on. An experienced attorney will know best how to frame these arguments and present them to the judge and prosecutor. A hearing may be necessary.
Note: If you are re-arrested, law enforcement will have access to all prior felony convictions, including those that are sealed in accordance with NYCPL 160.59