How long does it take to get a felony expunged in New York?
If the courts have demanded that the record be expunged, the process is fairly quick. Expunge is not the same as completely erase. Some traces of this issue will always be available. ADDED: The court must be petitioned by the requestor asking that the expunction take place. To request the expungement of an offense from your STATE (not Federal) criminal record: You must have either been exonerated, acquited, or served the complete term of your sentence - then file a petition/motion with the court setting forth good reason(s) why your request should be granted. A judge will review your petition and the circumstances of your case and issue a ruling either granting or denying the request. AN EXPUNGEMENT IS NOT A PARDON! Expungement only removes the record of your offense from being available to the public. Law enforcement, the courts, and government agencies will always have access to your actual 'true' record. There is no statutory time limit for this process and it can take as long as it takes the judge to study and consider your motion.