HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) – The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office held a workshop on expungement, CORI law, and record sealing on Thursday morning.
About 70 people attended the Hampden County District Attorney Office’s workshop in Holyoke Thursday morning.
The forum provided details on the types of offenses that are eligible to be expunged or sealed and the process on how to go about it.
This concept of training service providers will allow them to advise people who they or the organization is counseling and could benefit from either expunging or sealing their record.
What’s the difference between expunging and sealing?
The difference between expunging a record and sealing it is that a sealed record still technically exists, but expunging a record deletes any record that it ever existed.
For someone to expunge their record they would need to petition the Office of Probation who will initiate the process, then a hearing will most likely be held where the petitioner’s request will either be granted or not by the court.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni told 22News this could be life changing for someone who’s trying to better themselves, “A criminal record can often be a barrier to employment, to educational opportunities and scholarships. It has a lot of implications. So what we have done for a number of years now is educate people, inform people about their rights under state law that exist to expunge or seal a record.”
Not all criminal offenses are eligible to be expunged or sealed.
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 can’t have been elderly, disabled, or a family member.