Search Site
Menu
What are certificates of relief from civil disabilities?

relieved man.jpeg

You should not take criminal charges lightly. Even if you are only charged with a misdemeanor, a conviction could seriously derail your life and goals. If your case has already been closed and you are dealing with the consequences of a conviction, though, there are several options you may consider for restoring your life. Applying for a certificate of relief from civil disabilities is one such opportunity.

The certificate serves some of the same purposes achievable through expungement, but it is much easier to attain. There are several other things you should know about this option if you are hoping to put your crimes behind you and move on with your life.

It is exclusive to New York

The certificate of relief from civil disabilities was created for and available only to those who are in New York. More specifically, according to the Division of Criminal Justice Services in New York State, eligible applicants must have served in a New York correctional facility or be a resident of the state with a conviction elsewhere. Such applicants can seek the certificate if they satisfy additional criteria.

State and federal crimes are eligible

Though only New York applicants are allowed, both state and federal convictions are eligible for consideration under the certificate. Regarding eligible crimes, however, an applicant cannot have more than one felony conviction on their record. The certificate does remove any bars to employment imposed by the conviction, too, but it does not prevent employers from using their own discretion.

It may be permanent or temporary

A certificate of relief from civil disabilities is a versatile option. The overseeing court may grant the certificate either permanently or temporarily, and it may be contingent upon additional criteria specific to an applicant’s unique situation. It may be beneficial to invest in legal representation to make the pursuit easier.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

James L. Riotto Attorney Photo
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.

Adam Staier Attorney Photo
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…

  • What to do if pulled over for a DUI


    How to deal with a DWI traffic stop

    How you handle getting pulled over for a DUI/DWI can significantly affect your defense down the road. For instance, declining the officer's request to search your vehicle and avoiding specific answers when asked about any substances you may have consumed could help you when combating DUI/DWI charges in court.
    READ MORE
Reviews and Ratings
  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    One of my friends advised me to contact 'The Law Office of James Riotto' to handle the traffic violation. Luckily, I did and they were very patient despite the delay in court procedures and professionals to the utmost extent and most importantly they...

    Read more

    Client

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Had a great experience with this attorney. He was very effecient, very knowledgeable and his staff is corteous and proffessional. I got the results Ib was seeking with this attorney.

    Read more

    Client

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    I have a good experience with this lawyer they going to help you and they fight for you . I have interviewed Many law office but no one give me an idea How they going to win the case But these people does and I win the case and I am very very happy T...

    Read more

    Client

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Service was excellent - efficient, clear, timely and effective. Would not hesitate to recommend. -Albert C

    Read more

    Client

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Having never received a traffic/speeding ticket, and as a busy professional not having the time to spend going to court to contest it, I did a fair amount of searching for a firm that would have the background and experience that could best represent...

    Read more

    Client

See all reviews
Featured Article
  • The Top Criminal Defense Lawyers in Rochester.

    Handpicked Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Rochester, New York. Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. You deserve only the best!

    VIEW ARTICLE
Contact us

Quick Contact Form