SEALING OR
EXPUNGEMENT

Florida

Expungement

Any Expungement lawyer will tell you that having criminal charges will have a negative impact on your life. It can affect job applications, student loan applications, and credit score even if the offense occurred many years ago. The best way for you to avoid this situation is to hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer to process the expungement of your case.

What Happens When a Criminal Defense Lawyer Files for Expungement?

Expungement is also referred to as “expunction” or “setting aside a conviction; wherein any arrest or conviction is hidden from the eyes of the law. The federal government will always be able to see the charges. However, expunged cases are not seen by potential employers, credit issuers, academic institutions, and other entities that perform background checks.

The process of expungement in Florida usually takes 6 to 12 months. The lead time varies depending on several aspects, including:

  • How fast does the expungement attorney sign off the disposition of a case,
  • The efficiency of the county that is handling the case,
  • How fast does the Department of Law and Enforcement (FDLE) release the certificate of eligibility – this is one of the primary requirements that you need to fulfill in order for the court to consider your appeal to expunge your charges, and
  • The procedure utilized to assess a petition for expungement.

Expungement versus Sealing

Some people interchange expungement and sealing of records. Sealed records will be stored on file at the arresting police unit, FDLE and the courthouse. It is located in a sealed envelope and will not be accessible by the public unless the court gives an order to remove the seal.

On the other hand, copies of expunged records are destroyed at the courthouse and arresting police unit. Only the FDLE will maintain a copy of the records.

Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Expunge Any Kind of Conviction?

Call Piotrowski Law today for a free consultation on whether or not your case is eligible to be expunged or sealed.

Consult a Expungement Lawyer to Seal or Expunge Your Convictions or Arrests

A skilled criminal defense lawyer can assist you in evaluating the facts of your case to determine if you are qualified to file for expungement. Contact Chad Piotrowski today for legal advice and representation on your case. Call 305(204)-5000 to schedule an appointment.

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(Jan 15, 2013) I had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Chad when we were both supervising attorneys within the Domestic Violence Unit at the State Attorney’s Office here in Miami-Dade County. We successfully tried numerous jury trials together, and I always look forward to the opportunity of working with him again on any matter. Chad is a phenomenal attorney whose training, experience, intelligence and trial skills are only matched by his commitment to excellence. He is very trustworthy, hard working, and always uses his experience to get positive results for his clients without fail. As such, Chad’s stellar reputation amongst the legal community is very well deserved.

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(Jan 8, 2018) When i first contacted through email i was suprised and impressed that he was willing to call me to discuss the case at 10pm. He was honest and real reasonable priced and didnt use agressive sales and fear tactics like other lawyers use. He treated me fairly and not like a criminal. Was falsely arrested by miami dade narc cops for preworkout supplement that they claimed was opoids and 100% cbd hemp oil that they claimed is thc oil. Chad was agressive and moved quickly got this case dismised at the araignment for a reasonable price.

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(Oct 26, 2017) I called Chad on a weekend for a free consult, he was at the park with his family, he was hired on the spot as we spoke. We researched him online extensively, read reviews etc. During the months of anxiety, Chad would call/text to explain anything or address concerns and try to calm my nerves. He doesn’t act/talk strict & binding. He’s very hands-on, experienced, knows his work, 110% trustworthy, very out-going, straight-forward tells you as it is, crack jokes, and actually keeps in communication, which is very important, because being informed helps you to understand everything as you go along. So, here you have a lawyer who is not only good at law but is a people’s person, not like some unpleasant, overpriced ones out there. We recommend Chad to ANYONE. If you’re in doubt or worried about something, trust HIM! He was also very affordable and had a very convenient payment plan. CASE DISMISSED.

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(Jan 8, 2017) Chad is an excellent attorney. As a working parent I was not able to be at court to support my daughter while going through criminal charges. Chad was there every single time supporting my daughter by keeping her informed, by contacting her previous attorneys from out of State to reduce her case from criminal to civil. There are no words I can ever express to convey my gratitude.
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(Jan 6, 2016) I had three trumped up felony charges over something that should have been a police warning at most and the prosecution really, really wanted to pin on me.
Chad went above and beyond both in how he treated me and how he handled the case. My life isn’t ruined right now because of him. He got everything DISMISSED while every other attorney i spoke to were happy to take whatever offer they were given, still leaving me with a ruined record.
Chad, thank you, hiring you was the best decision I’ve ever made.

– Raymond

(Dec 4, 2013) Chad was fantastic. I had a felony case, and as my first offense, I was scared and confused on the entire process. I am glad I choose Chad to represent me, after speaking with so many lawyers. He was honest and detailed from the beginning. He got my case dismissed.

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If you need a lawyer in Miami I suggest you go with Chad Piotrowski. He was very adamant about beating my case. He put in maximum effort into my case. He mad me feel comfortable and confident the entire way throughout my case. In the end he fought to get me the very possible outcome. I would definitely retain his services again and recommend him to friends and family. Thank you Chad.

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