Criminal Record Sealing and Expungement
Sealing and Expungement Attorney, Markeishia L. Smith: Serving Winter Haven, Lakeland, Bartow, Haines City, Polk County, and Central Florida.
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Criminal Record Expungement:
Having a criminal record can be detrimental to options and opportunities that you would like to pursue. Background checks have skyrocketed in recent years by many types of business entities. To no surprise, criminal history will show up on these background checks.
Under certain circumstances in the State of Florida, you may be eligible to have a criminal record expunged. When you seek to to have a criminal record expunged, if the court grants your request, the record will be destroyed by criminal justice agencies (with the exception of a copy held by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement), and will no longer show up in background checks.
Who Qualifies for Criminal Record Expungement in the State of Florida?
- If your charges were dropped
- If your case was dismissed
- You were not found guilty for the following crimes: assault, battery, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful use of destructive devices or bombs, neglect of a child, assault or battery on a law enforcement officer, a firefighter (or other specified officers), open carrying of a weapon, exposure of sexual organs, unlawful possession of a firearm, petit theft, cruelty to animals, and arson.
- You must not have previously sealed or expunged any other criminal record
- Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, there may be additional issues that your attorney can explain to you.
Criminal Record Sealing:
When you have a criminal record sealed, the records still exist, but they are not available for the public and most background checks. To be eligible for Criminal Record Sealing you must:
- You have never previously had a criminal record sealed or expunged in the State of Florida
- You have never been adjudicated guilty of any criminal offense
- You do not currently have another active petition to seal or expunge a criminal record
- You are not currently under any type of court supervision
- You have not entered into a plea of guilty or no contest to an offense ineligible for sealing or expungement under Florida law
If you have questions regarding your criminal record sealing and expungement legal needs, make sure your legal rights are protected.