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We are an elite criminal defense law firm, that emphasizes providing the best service and professionalism to all clients. We service a curated clientele nationwide – that expect the best from their lawyer. We handle tough criminal defense and legal situations that require deep knowledge, experience, dedication, and excellence in order to win. We have over 50 years of combined experience, handling national and international cases.

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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


New York Record-Sealing Lawyer

If a person is convicted of a crime in New York, they often assume this will remain on their permanent record for the rest of their life. For most instances, this is true. There is no process for erasure, or expungement, of a criminal record in New York. There are however, circumstances, under which the criminal record can be sealed. In October 2017, there was a new court rule which went into effect that broadened the scope of when a record can be sealed. When a record is sealed, it’s only visible to certain government entities, when applying for a job with a very specific requirement, or if a person is charged with a crime in the future.

Experienced New York / NYC record sealing lawyers like those at the Spodek Law Group can help prospective clients go through record sealing process – in addition to preparing them for upcoming changes to the record sealing law.

Here’s the current record sealing procedure

In some situations, the person’s criminal record will be sealed after one year – without needing any examples, examples of where this will happen are:

Cases where the verdict was not guilty
Cases where the crime was done by a child
Most traffic violations (except Driving While Ability Impaired)

For the majority of all misdemeanors and felony convictions, there’s no procedure to have the records sealed. The only exception for to this rule is if the crime is classified as being committed because of drug abuse. In order to get the record sealed, a person needs to comply with all the diversionary programs, have no other pending criminal charges, and complete all non-diversionary components of the sentence. If all three of the conditions are met, then a motion can be made with the court in order to seal the record. In order to take action, a person shouldn’t proceed without a record sealing attorney.

Record sealing lawyers at the Spodek Law Group can help clients who fulfill the criteria to file the motion and argue for it’s approval in front of a judge.

Coming Changes

With the passage of New York Criminal Procedure Law 160.59, the number of convictions which can be sealed has expanded. There are strict categories of people to whom this new law will apply. In order to take advantage of this new procedure, it’s necessary that the convictions be:

-More than 10 years old. The date begins upon the date of conviction if no jail time was imposed, or upon release from jail.

-Charges must not be a sex offense, violent felony, or class A felony

-Sealing can be requested for a maximum of 2 convictions, only one of which can be a felony

If someone’s convictions meet the criteria above, a petition is made to the court where the more serious of the two convictions is entered to be sealed. The petition has to contain a sworn statement mentioning why the sealing should be granted. The DA’s office has 45 days to object to the record being sealed. If no objection is made, then the court can seal the record without a formal hearing. When such a petition is granted, all of the official records of the convictions will be sealed and made unavailable to any private person/public agency, with the exception of courts, correction agencies, firearm licensing authorities, and law enforcement individuals.

The Purpose of Sealing a Criminal Record

While court systems, and law enforcement, will know a person was convicted of a crime, all private organizations will not. This means a criminal background check will come back without the convictions being visible. Other benefits of sealing a criminal record include restoring your right to vote, clearing the path for student loan applications and other housing assistance. To begin, contact our NYC record sealing lawyers.

In New York State, criminal records are sealed in a variety of scenarios. The below list is detailed in CPL 160.50.

Acquittal after trial
Dismissal, including
Dismissal by Grand Jury, No True Bill
Dismissal in Interests of Justice, Clayton Motion
Dismissal of Information
Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (“ACD”)
Decline to Prosecute (“DP’d or Nolle Prosequi – this is when a Assistant District Attorney from the Early Case Assessment Bureau declines to prosecute)
Decline to File Accusatory Instrument ( This is when NYPD declines to file criminal charges)
Order Setting Aside the Verdict
Order Vacating a Judgement
Habeas Appeal

If your criminal case was ended by above of the above then the New York State Department of Criminal Justice System, the NYPD or other Police agency, the District Attorneys Office and the Court records are sealed.

Can Felony Convictions Be Sealed in NY?


Can Misdemeanor Convictions Be Sealed in NY?


What Does the Sealing of NY Criminal Records Mean?

The sealing of criminal records means that the actual court file remains, however it is sealed from the public view.

What Does Expungement of NY Criminal Records Mean?

The expungement of criminal records is the physical removal of criminal records. This occurs in various jurisdictions, however it is not available under NY law.

The Sealing of Criminal Records Process

The clerk of the court must send notification to the New York State Department of Criminal Justice System and to the relevant police agency
Every photograph of the defendant, fingerprint of the defendant, or palm print of the defendant must be returned to the person who received the favorable disposition of destroyed. Any police departments and law enforcement agencies who have photographs of the defendant, fingerprints or palm prints and have shared them with other agencies or jurisdictions must track them down have them destroyed. However, digital copies of fingerprints may be retained on file, if the individual already has a fingerprint on file and it has not been sealed already.
All of the official records and papers, including but not limited to copies of published opinions by the Judge shall be sealed and not made available to any person, public or private agency.

When Can There Be an Unsealing of the Criminal Records?

There are certain statutorily defined circumstances in which sealed records can be released by court order. See CPL 160.50(e)

The client requests it
The client applies for a gun permit or license
The client applies for a job as a law enforcement or peace officer
The client is arrested while on parole or probation
If a prosecutor or law enforcement official establish that “justice requires”

What is the Difference Between the Sealing of NY Criminal Records under CPL 160.50 vs. CPL 160.55?

The sealing of NY criminal records under CPL 160.50 occurs when the criminal charges are dismissed completely, whereas the sealing of NY criminal records under CPL 160.55 occurs when the criminal charges are reduced from a felony or misdemeanor to a violation. Under CPL 160.50 all records are destroyed. Under CPL 160.55 the court records are still available.

Todd A. Spodek is a NY criminal lawyer with Spodek Law Group P.C.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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