Information on Expungements
Erase Your Criminal Record
Expungement refers to the act of sealing or destroying a person’s
criminal record. Florida is one of several states that allow a person
who has been arrested to clear their criminal record by sealing or expunging
it. Sealing the record makes it unavailable to individuals and most agencies
and allows the person to deny their criminal record exists when asked.
criminal defense lawyer knowledgeable in expungements can advise you on whether your criminal
record is eligible for clearing. To qualify, you must not have any prior
or intervening convictions or arrests, you must have served your sentence
(if any), you must have a clean probation record, and there are other
factors that apply. Be sure to contact a criminal defense attorney so
you can make an educated decision.
The ability to erase your criminal record is an amazing opportunity offered
by Florida’s legal system. Even an arrest on your record can result
in the loss of a promotion, employment opportunities and a tainted reputation.
With a cleared record, a person can start life anew.
In Florida, it is at the sole discretion of the court to determine whether
to approve your petition for expungement. In addition, only one item can
be removed only one time. If you have previously received an expungement
you are not eligible for another.