A Certificate of Relief from Disabilities in New York is a certification for someone who has been convicted of a crime in New York. The Certificate will help you get jobs, housing and other benefits in New York even though you have a criminal record. The Certificate provides evidence that you have been rehabilitated.
A Certificate of Relief from Disabilities does not expunge or seal your convictions. If an employer or another party were to run a criminal background check on you, and you were granted the Certificate, your criminal history would still show up. However, in many cases with the Certificate, certain rights may be restored to you, or your conviction may not be used against you.
For example, employers in New York must not hold your criminal background against you if you have been granted the Certificate. If a law says you cannot work in a certain field because of your conviction, the Certificate may remove that restriction. A Certificate can also restore other rights you lost as a result of the conviction. However, a Certificate cannot restore gun rights to individuals convicted of certain felonies.
Under New York law, you are eligible for a Certificate of Relief if you have not been convicted of more than one felony. If you have any misdemeanor or felony convictions, you should apply so that you can have the maximum amount of legal rights available after your criminal conviction.
If you believe you are eligible for a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities, you should apply. The rules about where you apply and how you apply vary depending on whether your conviction was in state or federal court, and whether you served probation, time in a local jail or state prison, and other factors.
If you are interested in seeking a Certificate of Relief from Legal Disabilities, call the New York Criminal Law Attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer at 716-542-5444. Our attorneys will be happy to help. Call us now to learn more.