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FLORIDA EXPUNGEMENT AND SEALING

If you have a criminal record from past criminal arrests, charges, or convictions in the State of Florida, it may be difficult for you to find a job, further your education, or obtain credit for housing or a loan. After all, information about your criminal past is available on public records for anyone to view. The good news is that many criminal offenses are eligible for expungement from your record, allowing you to lawfully deny or choose not to disclose your past criminal history, with limited exceptions. Before your criminal record can be sealed or expunged, however, you must meet certain criteria in Florida. An experienced Miami criminal defense attorney can advise you of your eligibility for expungement and help to make the expungement and record sealing process easier for you.

SEALED VS. EXPUNGED CRIMINAL RECORDS IN FLORIDA

Having your records sealed or expunged will make it less likely that anyone will see your past criminal arrests or charges. Yet before you choose to have your records sealed or expunged, it is important to understand the differences between them. When your criminal record is sealed, the public can no longer see your past criminal history, but certain governmental and law enforcement entities still have access to this information. If your records are expunged, the only way these agencies would be able to view your prior criminal history is through a court order. They are effectively erased from your record.

ELIGIBILITY FOR CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT OR SEALING IN FLORIDA

To receive expungement, you must first apply for and receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  In Florida, you are permitted to seal or expunge your criminal record history for one incident of criminal activity or arrest.  You may be eligible for an expungement in Florida if:

  • You have not been adjudicated of an adult criminal offense
  • You have not been adjudicated delinquent for a juvenile criminal offense
  • You are not currently under any form of court supervision, including probation
  • You have not received a previous expungement or sealing of your adult criminal record

It is important to note, however, that admitting guilt to certain felonies, including sexual offenses, may prohibit you from having your records expunged, even if the judge withheld adjudication of guilt in your case. In order to determine eligibility for a Florida expungement, you should speak to a qualified Miami criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with all of Florida’s expungement and criminal record sealing laws.

FLORIDA JUVENILE RECORD EXPUNGEMENT

Many mistakes during youth can result in a juvenile delinquency record.  Fortunately, many juvenile delinquency records are automatically sealed or expunged upon attaining a specified age, without a petition being filed.  This type of expungement is not considered a prior record seal or expungement when determining eligibility for expungement of an adult criminal record.  Not all juvenile delinquency records are eligible for expungement, however, so you should consult a skilled Miami criminal defense attorney who can thoroughly explain the Florida qualifications for juvenile record expungement.

In Florida, you have one opportunity to have your criminal record expunged, so it is important to have it done correctly.  Chad Piotrowski is an experienced criminal defense and expungement attorney who has helped many clients in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and other areas of Florida to obtain expungement or sealing of their juvenile or criminal records. By hiring Chad Piotrowsk, you can rest assured knowing a competent Miami criminal defense lawyer is handling your Florida expungement petition properly and in a timely manner. Call the Law Offices of Chad Piotrowski today to set up an appointment to discuss your Miami or Florida expungement case.

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