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Law Firm Seals Criminal Records For Client

New York’s new criminal record-sealing laws were recently put to the test in Steuben County Court. In a highly unusual turn of events, the Law Office of James L. Riotto convinced a judge to seal two Class B felony conviction records from 2006 for a client:

  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree
  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree

This is no small feat. New state laws allow our client to begin life anew.

The long-term consequences of a conviction

A criminal conviction can impose lifelong consequences even if you did not go to jail. A conviction on your record is visible to employers, neighbors, ex-spouses (messing up child custody and visitation matters) and potential lovers.

The recent ruling means that all official records and papers relating to the arrest, prosecution, and convictions of our client – including fingerprints, photographs, court documents, etc. – will soon be sealed. Now, our client’s old records can be viewed only by certain individuals and agencies.

New York‘s new record-sealing laws

Last April, the 2017-18 budget bill was passed. Within the bill was an important provision that allows judges the authority to seal adult criminal conviction records. Previously, sealing records – hiding them from public view – was allowed only for non-conviction and certain minor drug matters.

This new law opens up a world of opportunities for those convicted of all but the most serious felonies. The hope is that outcomes like these will become more common.

If you have a conviction on your record and it has been more than 10 years since the date of your conviction or release from jail, you may qualify for record sealing. Learn about your options, and break the chains have been holding you down.

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James L. Riotto
Criminal Defense Lawyer

James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.

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Adam Staier
Of Counsel

About Attorney Adam Staier has spent the last seven years practicing criminal defense law throughout upstate New York and the Capital Region. He began his legal career through internships in civil law, indigent legal representation and federal energy law regulation. Finding a passion in criminal law, Mr. Staier held internships handling both prosecution and defense…

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