Expungement and Record Sealing Form to be Presented by Hampden DA’s Office

Who: Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni 

What: Expungement and CORI Law Workshop

When: Friday, June 14, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Gandara Center, 80 Commercial Street, Holyoke MA, 01040

Background

The Hampden District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Gandara Center will host a workshop on expungement, CORI law, and record sealing on Friday morning. The presentation will be given to approximately 80 staff members engaged in substance use and recovery counseling.

This unique concept of training service providers in criminal record expungement and sealing will allow them to advise people who they are counseling and could benefit from either expunging or sealing their record.

For someone to expunge their record, they first must petition the Office of Probation who will initiate the process. More than likely a hearing will be held where the petitioner’s request will either be granted or not by the court.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni stated, “A person’s criminal history can be an obstacle to obtaining gainful employment. The fourm will provide details on the types of offenses that are eligible to be expunged or sealed and the process on how to go about it.”

Criminal offenses which wouldn’t be considered are: crimes of violence, child sexual abuse, gun or other weapon related offenses, and operating a vehicle under the influence. If there was a victim involved with the crime they mustn’t have been elderly, disabled, or a family member.

Recently, with changes in marijuana laws and the recent criminal justice reform bill, people may not be familiar with current expungement and CORI law. The Hampden District Attorney’s Office will provide guidance as to who may be eligible, the types off offenses that are not allowed to be expunged, and the process on how to initiate such a review.

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