What Are the Consequences of a Criminal Record in New York?

Even though a crime can take one second to commit, it can carry life-long consequences with it. If you have a criminal record, you will need to retain the services of an experienced New York criminal defense attorney today to discuss the details of your case and your options.

What are the life-long consequences of a criminal record in New York?

It is important to understand that having a criminal record can negatively impact your life forever. Some of the most common ways it can affect you include the following:

  • If you were charged with a DUI conviction, it may also prohibit you from applying for a commercial license, which can severely limit your job opportunities.
  • A criminal record can affect your job prospects. When you apply for jobs, you will frequently be asked if you have ever been sentenced to a crime.
  • If you are an immigrant here in the United States, certain criminal convictions can warrant your deportation from the country.
  • Some criminal convictions can prevent you from renting certain properties.
  • Certain criminal convictions may prohibit you from securing certain loans.
  • If you are a convicted sex offender, it is likely that it will become part of the public record.
  • In certain cases, criminal convictions can affect child custody agreements. For instance, if you are convicted of an act of domestic violence or substance abuse, your former spouse may argue that you are unfit to be a parent because your actions violate the child custody agreement which acts to serve your child’s best interests.

Can I seal my criminal record in New York?

In some cases, you may be able to have your criminal record sealed. A sealed record is excluded from the public record and cannot be accessed by others, despite it still existing. However, it is important to note that a criminal record can be obtained or re-opened through a court order. The following crimes can be sealed in the state of New York:

  • Non-criminal violations, such as trespassing
  • Certain crimes committed as a juvenile
  • Any charge where there was no conviction
  • Possession of less than ⅞ of an ounce of marijuana, three years after their conviction
  • Some misdemeanors or felonies, as long as the offender either entered court-mandated alcohol or drug treatment program, has no additional pending charges, and has satisfied any sentence or request mandated after they concluded treatment.

Do not wait to reach out to our skilled firm today to speak with one of our dedicated legal team members.


Whether you need a Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer or traffic ticket attorney, The Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman is here to help. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, including DUIs, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, juvenile crimes, and more. If you have been issued a traffic ticket, it is important to contact us today. We zealously represent clients facing tickets for speeding, reckless driving, driving without a license, and those caught using a mobile device. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation with our trusted legal team.

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