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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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Who Has Access to My Criminal Record in New York City?

Who Has Access to My Criminal Record in New York City?

If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime in New York City, you likely have questions about who can access your criminal record. This guide covers the key things you need to know.

What is a Criminal Record?

Your criminal record refers to any documentation of arrests, charges filed, convictions, sentences served, and outstanding warrants associated with your name in New York City and New York state.

It is maintained by law enforcement agencies like the New York Police Department (NYPD), courts, jails, probation departments, and other government entities. Your criminal record may include:

  • Arrest records – Date, arrest charges, police narratives
  • Court records – Charges filed, court proceedings, convictions, sentences
  • Corrections records – Jail/prison time served, parole details
  • Warrants – Active warrants for arrest
  • DNA samples
  • Fingerprints
  • Mugshots

Who Can Access Criminal Records in New York City?

While criminal records contain sensitive personal information, certain entities and individuals have legal access. Those with access include:

Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Police departments
  • Prosecutor offices
  • Probation and parole departments
  • Courts
  • Jails and prisons
  • Federal agencies like FBI and Homeland Security

Law enforcement agencies can access criminal records for investigative purposes, to monitor individuals on parole/probation, to prosecute cases, to maintain public safety, and other legal reasons.

Background Check Companies

Many employers, landlords and volunteer agencies use background check companies to screen applicants. Background check companies access publicly available records to compile background check reports.

In New York, background checks can legally include:

  • Conviction records
  • Pending cases and warrants
  • Sex offender registry status
  • Some arrest records

However, New York has strict laws on background check reports. Negative information over 7 years old cannot be included without your consent. And cases ending in acquittal, dismissal or sealed/expunged cannot be reported.

The General Public

In New York, some criminal records are considered public records under Freedom of Information Laws. Members of the public can request records concerning:

  • Felony, misdemeanor and violation convictions
  • Pending felony cases
  • Registered sex offenders

Arrest records, dismissed cases, juvenile records, sealed/expunged records are generally protected and not publicly accessible.

Yourself and Your Attorney

You have the right to access your own criminal record. Your attorney can also access and review your criminal record to build your legal defense.

Sealed or expunged records may have restricted access even for yourself, to protect your privacy.

Certain Government Agencies

Government agencies responsible for licensing and social services may require individuals to submit to a criminal background check. Common examples include:

  • Gun permit applications
  • Medicaid/Medicare enrollment
  • Public housing eligibility
  • Security clearances
  • Taxi/rideshare licensing
  • Liquor license applications

New York restricts how these agencies can use criminal records and protect applicant privacy.

Key New York Laws on Criminal Record Privacy

New York has laws in place to protect access and privacy of criminal records, limit discrimination based on one’s criminal record, and even seal eligible criminal records from public view.

New York Fair Chance Act

This law prohibits employers from asking about or considering a job applicant’s criminal record until after a conditional offer of employment. There are exceptions for law enforcement, national security and certain other jobs.

New York Rap Back System

This allows individuals to monitor who accesses their state criminal record. You will be notified any time a qualified entity runs a background check or accesses your state records.

Record Sealing and Expungement

New York allows individuals with eligible convictions to apply to seal their criminal record from public view after a period of time. Sealed records are still accessible to law enforcement but hidden from employers and the public.

Consult a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have a criminal record in NYC, speaking with a criminal defense lawyer can help you understand your rights and options. They can review your record, advise if any portions can be sealed, and guide you on legally responding to background checks.

The criminal defense attorneys at [My Firm] have experience helping clients navigate criminal records in New York City. Visit our website or call us at 555-123-4567 for a free consultation.

I hope this overview on criminal record access and privacy laws in NYC helps provide clarity during a challenging situation. Please reach out if you need legal guidance or representation.

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