In Massachusetts, it is possible that you can seal your criminal record, but it is a difficult process. If you would like to seal your criminal record, you can petition the court to do so. Under Massachusetts law, if you are convicted of a misdemeanor charge you must wait 10 years from the date the charges were filed. If you are convicted of a felony, you must wait 15 years from the date the charges were filed. An additional requirement to sealing your record is that you must not have any new convictions on your record.
In these cases, the judge has the discretion to seal your criminal record. It is important that you have a good reason to ask the judge to seal the case. If the judge rules in your favor to seal the record, the judge must make a written finding that compelling state interest outweighed public right to your criminal record.
Sealing of a criminal record in Massachusetts is not an easy process. It is important that you have an experience criminal defense attorney on your side.
Call Attorney Jason Chan to talk about your case today at 508-808-8902.