Criminal Defense Blog

Sealed Criminal Cases in New York

New York expunges criminal cases that don't result in a criminal conviction. This is known as "sealing". Sealing removes public access to government records of criminal cases.

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Speedy Trial

You have the right to a speedy trial. It’s an extremely powerful right. Violation results in the dismissal of all criminal charges – your case is over; sealed; a legal nullity.

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I-Cards, Arrest Warrants and Bench Warrants

Police frequently misinform suspects that they’re named in "arrest warrants". Most of the time, suspects are named in “i-cards”, which are issued by police, or "bench warrants", which are issued by courts. A person is “wanted” by police when he is named in an arrest warrant, a bench warrant, or an i-card.

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