How can I seal my cori?
You should know that when a record is sealed it means that people outside the criminal justice system cannot see it. The police and the courts can still see it, but for almost everyone else it is like the charge does not exist at all.
Not all of the records can be sealed but Some Massachusetts criminal records can be sealed. If they are sealed, most employers will not be able to see them when they do a CORI check.
Of course- You do not have to tell employers about criminal records that have been sealed!
How can I get my record sealed?
You have to wait 10 years since all of your misdemeanor convictions have closed and 15 years since all of your felony convictions have closed, then your criminal record is eligible for sealing.
Definition: A case closes on the last day of prison, parole, or probation, whichever came last.
How do you apply? You apply to have convictions sealed by filling out a form and mailing it to the Office of the Commissioner of Probation in Boston. (Telephone: 617-727-6558)
How long does a cori seal take?
Immediately! There is no waiting period, but you will have to show that there is a “compelling governmental interest,” or a good reason, to seal the record. A good reason could be that the charges are preventing you from finding employment or housing.
What can I do if I cannot seal my records?
You should create a good file on yourself with letters from people who can explain why it is unlikely that you will commit a crime again, and that you have become a productive member of society.
These letters could be from employers, probation officers, clergy, counselors, treatment people, or anyone whose opinion would be respected. You can then use these letters when you are applying for jobs.
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