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Can I clear a felony off my record?

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June 17, 2011


justtoomuch

Right now I am 17 but I will be turning 18 in a month. I was charged with shoplifting several months ago and have a felony conviction (I think) on my record. I was thinking, is there any way to expunge my records? Will I be sentenced in jail before doing that? And does it matter if I'm turning to an adult?

July 27, 2011


cteale

justtoomuch,

Well, first of all, and unfortunately, under current Massachusetts law you are most likely ineligible to have your record sealed.  Your shoplifting charge was a misdemeanor, which means you must wait ten (10) years.  

In 2012 the time period for record sealing eligibility in MA for misdemeanors will drop from ten (10) years to five (5) years, and for felonies from fifteen (15) to ten (10) years.

I do not know if you will be, "sentenced in jail".  Have you retained an attorney?

It does not matter that you are turning 18. The age of adulthood in Massachusetts is 17 yrs old. 

January 17, 2012


hunter

justtoomuch,
Well, first of all, and unfortunately, under current Massachusetts law you are most likely ineligible to have your record sealed.  Your shoplifting charge was a misdemeanor, which means you must wait ten (10) years.  
In 2012 the time period for record sealing eligibility in MA for misdemeanors will drop from ten (10) years to five (5) years, and for felonies from fifteen (15) to ten (10) years.
I do not know if you will be, "sentenced in jail".  Have you retained an attorney?
It does not matter that you are turning 18. The age of adulthood in Massachusetts is 17 yrs old. 

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