So, what is a certificate of disposition?
A certificate of disposition, COD, is a document that states the final disposition of a case or its current status. The document is available at clerk’s office in the Supreme Court or the Criminal Court. So as to obtain a certificate of disposition in New York, you should visit the central clerk’s office where your case was filled and bring the following items; docket number, date of birth, picture ID, your full name and a small fee of about$5 to $10.
To request the document via mail, you need to send the information above and the required fee via check or money order to the clerk’s office. If your case is sealed, you need the written permission of the defendant and proper identification. If you are the defendant in a sealed case, you only need to provide proof of identification and a picture ID.
Who needs this certificate?
There are lots of reasons as why you need a certificate of disposition. If you have been a defendant in a felony case or a misdemeanor, it is important to have a proper legal documentation that proves that the cases or case is over. It is also important to prove that previous cases have been cleared before opening a new one. Having several or one open case can have an impact on a new case.
If you plan on applying for a job or applying for citizenship in another country, you will need a certificate of disposition. The document can also be used to prove that you have a good criminal record. If you had a misdemeanor some time back, it can be used to prove that since then you have not started any trouble.
When applying for US citizenship, a certificate of disposition provides the department of homeland security with important information about previous arrests. Once you have completed the application for naturalization, submit your papers to the immigration services. In some cases, you may not be able to get a record of arrest. This happens if you were arrested a long time ago. In such cases, you are required to submit a certified letter that proves that there was no record of arrest.
Do I need a lawyer for a COD?
Yes, oftentimes, you may need the help of an experienced lawyer in New York to obtain a COD. At Spodek Law Group P.C, we will help you obtain your final judgment documentation and your certificate of disposition.