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Author: Lisa Pelosi: New York Criminal Defense Attorney

Why Woman Lawyer Success?

Lisa Pelosi has been a criminal defense lawyer in NYC and New York State for over 30 years,. She provides top legal defense for people facing misdemeanor or felony charges throughout New York, as well as federal criminal offenses.

She has defended people in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, White Plains, Scarsdale, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh as well as the Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk. She also helps men, women, young adults and their families who live or work in Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia Counties.  have also benefited from her extensive legal skills. Lisa’s has extensive skills and in-depth knowledge of state and federal criminal law, and she will put her experience to work for you regardless of the criminal charges you face.

Lisa Pelosi is a former prosecutor with over thirty years experience with criminal defense in New York City

Find a New York criminal defense attorney who will protect your right and fight to keep your record clean.

Lisa’s experience as a former prosecutor and current trial attorney helps her understand both sides of the negotiating table and she works vigorously to have charges dismissed, reduced, or sentence lightened or probation granted. She also knows the benefits of alternatives to incarceration ( ATI ) programs and can work with prosecutors to get her clients into ATI programs, if possible. Above all, Lisa works fights to keep her clients’ records clean and pushes for  minimal jail time.

If you have any questions or looking to talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney in NYC, contact Lisa Pelosi (917) 670-7063

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New York Legislature to Consider Sealing Prior Criminal Convictions on Friday, June 15, 2012

Author: Law Offices of David W. Haber

In the State of New York, a person currently convicted of a crime (misdemeanor or felony) will live with their criminal conviction for the rest of their life. A criminal conviction continues to haunt a person every time they apply for a job, especially if the job requires a particular license which cannot be granted to a person convicted of a crime, or, if the employment sought is with a government agency.

Although many other states allow for a person convicted of a crime to make an application to have their criminal conviction expunged and/or sealed, New York State currently provides no such relief. Once you are convicted of a Misdemeanor or a Felony in New York, you live with the consequences of the conviction forever. Until, possibly, now…..

The New York State Bar Association and its Record Sealing and Expungement Committee are fostering an effort to  create a sealing provision for a person with a criminal record who has, after a suitable period of lawful living and rehabilitation, an interest in pursuing employment, licensing, housing, education and other benefits, without the stigma of a prior arrest or conviction. In other words..a second chance. 1

Expungement refers to the permanent destruction of a criminal record, the term “sealing” of the record is more appropriate due to an anticipated “spring back” provision. Under the proposed bills, the criminal convictions would be sealed and rendered inaccessible and protected unless and until an act of recidivism occurred which would cause the prior convictions to become unsealed. In other words, if a person who had a prior conviction sealed under the proposed legislation were to be arrested on new charges, the “spring back” provision would likely unseal the prior record and allow law enforcement agencies access to such convictions. Read More

As a former Assistant District Attorney, and now a criminal defense attorney, I see the pros and cons of instituting the proposed sealing provision. In the end, I believe that if a person convicted of most, but not all crimes, has stayed out of trouble for many years, they should be permitted to seek sealing of their record. A person convicted of a Petit Larceny misdemeanor when they were 20 years old should not be denied a job when they are 40 years old because of a conviction. At some point the Legislature must trust that a person is worthy of a second chance.

Please contact the Law Offices of David W. Haber if you have any questions regarding the potential legislature to seal criminal convictions, or, if you would like us to contact you if/when the legislature is enacted.


1 New York State Bar Association Sealing Committee Amended Report, December 2011.