Criminal Record (CORI) Sealing
In 2012, the Massachusetts Legislature made sweeping changes to the law regarding those who have a criminal record or CORI. In essence, the new law made it easier to seal a criminal record. Rankin & Sultan represents clients who have a CORI that is hindering their ability to secure housing, get a job, or simply move on in life. Rankin & Sultan requests and reviews our clients’ CORI to determine which cases are eligible for sealing immediately by simply filing a petition to the Commissioner of Probation and guides our clients through that process. If our clients’ cases are not eligible for sealing immediately, Rankin & Sultan will file petitions on behalf of clients in court to seal cases when the law permits us to do so.
To seal your case through a petition to seal in court, it is necessary to show that good cause exists to do so. Rankin & Sultan interviews our clients to determine how their criminal record has negatively affected their lives. We will then gather letters of support, interview witnesses, and put together a compelling package to the court to show that sealing is warranted. Please call Rankin & Sultan if you would like us to review your CORI to see if you are eligible for relief under the sealing statute.