How long does a charge of simple assault stay on record?

Asked on June 21, 2014 under Criminal Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Until you take the necessary steps to have the record sealed.  In Massachusetts expunging a record is very difficult and limited to only a few instances. Massachusetts G.L.c. 276 § 100A allows for a record of criminal conviction to be sealed after 10-15 years of completion of sentence. Massachusetts G.L.c. 276, § 100B allows juveniles to seal their criminal conviction record after three years. No other offenses can be committed during these time periods. Criminal records involving sexual assault or weapons-related convictions cannot be sealed.  Speak with an attorney in your area about your options. 


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