Waiting period for sealing: count from after conviction or after completion of probation?
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My colleague gave a spot on answer, I would just caution that it probably makes sense to pull your own CORI to look at the final disposition date. Sometimes probation results in the plea being changed to a dismissal or some other record of the result of the case. That final disposition date from your CORI is when you can apply administratively. You can see info on how to request here: https://www.masslegalhelp.org/cori/get-a-copy-of-my-own. Just make sure you never share your personal copy with anyone other than a lawyer as it contains information other people (employers, landlords, etc) can't legally get if they request it themselves.
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The waiting period to seal a felony conviction is the later of 1) the date of the conviction, or 2) the date you are released from incarceration. Since you only received probation and we’re not incarcerated, you can seal it 7 years from the date you were convicted.
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