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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.

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