OCA Provides Conviction Sealing Motion Form and Instructions – Too Bad it should not be DIY Project.

New York’s Office of Court Administration Wrongly Encourages Non-Lawyers to File Complex Legal Motions Using Incomplete FormIn October, 2017, a new conviction sealing law became effective in New York that greatly expanded the circumstances when a person with up to two criminal convictions, including one felony, might be able to win sealing of the conviction(s). Shortly after the law became effective, the New York Office of Court Administration (OCA) posted instructions and forms to help people with criminal convictions prepare and file these motions themselves. Above is a screen capture of the OCA page with its Six levels of instructions for filing this complex legal motion. My annotations are in red type. The new law is found in New York Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.59 and it contains several sections that outline the procedure to make…

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