Record Sealing

Record Sealing with Experienced Worcester Criminal Defense Lawyers

Get Assistance Sealing Your Criminal Record!

Those with a criminal record may find they are having trouble seeking employment, applying for a loan or credit, or are ineligible to purchase a firearm. Because this can happen with even small, nonviolent convictions, the law has created provisions to allow individuals to petition to have their criminal record sealed from these background checks.

Worcester criminal defense attorney from Murphy & Rudolf, LLP​ may be able to help you. We recognize the impact a criminal conviction can have on your life, which is why we work hard to help all of our clients restore their life back to normal quickly and cost-effectively. We have a detailed knowledge of the process for sealing criminal records, and we can provide you with reputable advice when preparing your petition.

Let us assist you with sealing your records; contact Murphy & Rudolf, LLP today at (508) 425-6330.

When Can You Seal Your Record?

It is important to note that you cannot seal all criminal records. In Massachusetts, Level 2 and 3 sex offenses are forbidden from being sealed due to sex offender registration requirements. Otherwise, all convictions, including felonies, can be sealed after a certain amount of time has passed.

You can seal your record after the following waiting periods:

  • Dismissed, not-guilty, no probable cause, or Continued Without Findings results: immediately (no waiting period)

  • Misdemeanor convictions: 5 years


  • Felony convictions: 10 years

In order to seal your record, you must fill out a record request and a “Petition to Seal” form, then submit them with the court where your case was heard. The judge of that court will then decide whether or not your case warrants being sealed. This means you will likely have a short hearing before a judge, where you will have to demonstrate a “compelling government interest” in why your record should be sealed. You are allowed and encouraged to have a lawyer represent you for this hearing.

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Get Assistance Sealing Your Criminal Record!

Those with a criminal record may find they are having trouble seeking employment, applying for a loan or credit, or are ineligible to purchase a firearm. Because this can happen with even small, nonviolent convictions, the law has created provisions to allow individuals to petition to have their criminal record sealed from these background checks.

A Worcester criminal defense attorney from Murphy & Rudolf, LLP​ may be able to help you. We recognize the impact a criminal conviction can have on your life, which is why we work hard to help all of our clients restore their life back to normal quickly and cost-effectively. We have a detailed knowledge of the process for sealing criminal records, and we can provide you with reputable advice when preparing your petition.

Let us assist you with sealing your records; contact Murphy & Rudolf, LLP today at (508) 425-6330.

When Can You Seal Your Record?

It is important to note that you cannot seal all criminal records. In Massachusetts, Level 2 and 3 sex offenses are forbidden from being sealed due to sex offender registration requirements. Otherwise, all convictions, including felonies, can be sealed after a certain amount of time has passed.

You can seal your record after the following waiting periods:

Dismissed, not-guilty, no probable cause, or Continued Without Findings results: immediately (no waiting period)

Misdemeanor convictions: 5 years

Felony convictions: 10 years

In order to seal your record, you must fill out a record request and a “Petition to Seal” form, then submit them with the court where your case was heard. The judge of that court will then decide whether or not your case warrants being sealed. This means you will likely have a short hearing before a judge, where you will have to demonstrate a “compelling government interest” in why your record should be sealed. You are allowed and encouraged to have a lawyer represent you for this hearing.

Need to have your record sealed? Contact Murphy & Rudolf, LLP online to schedule a case evaluation!

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