Criminal Records Expunged
Florida Defense Attorney
Ever feel like one mistake will haunt you forever? You may be right.
These days, the greatest enemy of a good secret is simply a laptop with wi-fi. When a celebrity is arrested, the world finds out in mere seconds. Regardless of measures many people take to protect their privacy, public records are becoming very public, with more and more people, companies, and agencies gaining access to your information–and your past–every day. Any prospective employer can visit the website of the county in which you were arrested, identify you via mug shot, and read about your arrest and the outcome of the charges against you.
If you were arrested in Florida, and you’d like to have a career and protect your reputation, you should examine your eligibility and expunge your criminal record as soon as possible. To learn more, call for a free consultation with Boca Raton criminal defense attorney Charles Mead.
Attorney Mead will make sure all of your forms are filled out correctly, see that they get into the right hands, and represent you at the hearing, all in a speedy and cost-effective manner.
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Call attorney Charlie Mead today for your free initial consultation. You may reach him at (561) 362-6677 in Boca Raton, (561) 366-9565 in West Palm Beach, or (954) 493-7474 in Fort Lauderdale.
Expunge Criminal Records FAQs
1. How does one legally get a criminal record sealed or expunged?
According to Florida Statutes, several different criteria must be met first. Also, the individual wishing to expunge a criminal record must apply to the FDLE for a Certificate of Eligibility. Note: If you obtain the certificate, it does not mean your record will be expunged; it simply indicates your eligibility.
Some of the criteria:
- You were never judged guilty of a misdemeanor, felony, or comparable violation as an adult or a juvenile.
- This is the first time you have sealed or expunged your record.
- You are finished with all of the court’s sentences (probation, house arrest, etc.)
2. Do I need a copy of my record in order to apply for eligibility?
In the State of Florida, you have the right to review your record to ensure it is accurate and complete. This is called Personal Review, and it is free of charge. The review allows you to see the specifics of your arrest(s), but when it comes to expunging a criminal record, it isn’t essential to the process.
3. Sealing a criminal history vs. expunging a criminal record?
When you seal your criminal history, access to it is denied to the public. However, certain government entities will still be able to access the entire thing.
When you expunge your criminal record, no one gets in without a court order. However, they may receive a message stating that the record was expunged.
4. How many arrests can be sealed or expunged?
In a single proceeding, one. The rest are at the discretion of the court or are limited by Florida statutes.
5. If my Certificate of Eligibility is denied, can I appeal?
In some instances, yes.
To determine if you are eligible to appeal, please contact Boca Raton attorney Charlie Mead today at (561) 362-6677 in Boca Raton, (561) 366-9565 in West Palm Beach, or (954) 493-7474 in Fort Lauderdale.
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