What is the difference between record expungement and sealing?

Record expungement usually refers to the permanent destruction of a record of arrest and criminal charges. Expungement is not available in the state of New York.

Record sealing refers to protecting a record from public inspection. In most cases, certain portions of a sealed record, such as photographs and fingerprints, are destroyed. Sealed records remain otherwise intact and can be viewed by law enforcement, firearm licensing agencies and certain other entities such as hospitals and schools.

Your records may be eligible for sealing under certain circumstances, such as acquittal or dismissal of charges.

Other FAQs



Contact us today for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. 888-315-9841

Just when I was getting discouraged and was at my wits end trying to find the right attorney for my case, a family member recommended Mr. Brill. He did not disappoint. Mr. Brill and his team are diligent, very professional, encouraging and honest every step of the way. Highly recommended.

- A.S.