A criminal record can come back to haunt you later in life. Court records are public information that can often be easily accessed online. Even if you were never convicted of a crime, arrest records and court records can impede your opportunities when it comes to employment, housing, professional licensure and other areas that involve background checks.
Fortunately, Florida law provides a process for sealing or expunging criminal offense records. Sealed records are no longer visible to the general public, but they can be viewed by certain authorized people or agencies, such as professional licensure boards. Expunged records are permanently erased from court records for all practical purposes.
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How Do I Pursue Record Sealing Or Expungement?
Only certain types of records can be expunged. Generally, the charge must have been dismissed or acquitted, or adjudication must have been withheld. If you were found guilty of the offense, you likely will not qualify. Juvenile offenses may or may not qualify depending on the type of offense and outcome of the case.
If you do qualify for record sealing or expungement, you must obtain and file the proper paperwork. This can be a tedious endeavor. It often requires dealing with multiple state agencies and courts. Successfully completing the application process requires a high degree of thoroughness and meticulous attention to detail.
The Value Of Experienced Legal Guidance
Pursuing record sealing or expungement can be a complicated process. You can avoid costly missteps and ensure a smoother and more seamless process by seeking experienced legal advice.
At Dobson, Davis & Smith, we can walk you through all stages of the process, minimizing your hassle and providing you with peace of mind. Our criminal defense lawyers can review your records and determine whether you qualify for record sealing or expungement. If you qualify, we will undertake the burdensome task of preparing the necessary paperwork in support of your application. We have extensive experience successfully handling both record sealing and expungement.
Free Consultation · Contact Our Leon County Expungement Attorneys
To arrange a free initial consultation with one of our Tallahassee-based criminal record sealing attorneys, call 850-270-0412 or toll free 888-339-2943. You can also contact us online. We offer standard weekday appointments and after-hours time slots by request.