You should consult with an experienced criminal defense practitioner. Expungement of a record is different from sealing a record. Expungement is permissible when (1) someone is charged and convicted using an innocent person's name (yours), (2) there was a fraudulently obtained abuse prevention order, and (3) there was a juvenile delinquency case dismissed for lack of evidence. But, to be clear, most criminal records cannot be expunged. As for sealing a record, if you were an adult, you can look to MGL ch. 276, sec. 100A for guidance. In your situation, it is not clear what the conviction was. A misdemeanor can generally be sealed after 5 years of the conviction or any period of jail time (whichever is later) and felonies after 10 years of the conviction or jail - and there were no new criminal convictions after that period of any incarceration for 10 years for felonies and 5 years for misdemeanors. Good luck.
Based upon the reforms to the criminal records laws here in Massachusetts, it is most likely than not that you can have your record sealed administratively. You can do the paperwork on your own, or retain an attorney for a nominal fee to prepare the paperwork on your behalf.
I wish you the best of luck and enjoy the holiday season.
Anthony Rao, Esq.
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