If you commit a crime, it can feel like it haunts you forever – anytime someone runs a background check on you, a minor crime that was committed even decades ago would pop up, affecting one’s ability to get a job, or rent property. Before, very few individuals got the privilege of sealing their records from the public. Most convictions stayed on a person’s record for life. However, New York Governor Cuomo just recently authorized courts to seal non-violent criminal convictions more than 10 years old after he signed new legislation into effect. New York Criminal Procedure Law (“C.P.L”) §160.59