Sealing and Expungement Lawyer Miami, FL
Interested in Clearing Your Criminal Record in FL?
If you have a criminal record, there are a few things that you should know. First, an arrest will stay on your criminal record, even if the end result of the case was a dismissal. Having an arrest on your record can negatively impact job and educational opportunities, as well as some loans. However, there is action that you can take in order to clear your criminal record, and this is called "expungement".
One of our Miami expungement lawyers from Hager & Schwartz, P.A. can help you understand your options in regards to sealing or expunging your criminal record and can evaluate your situation in order to determine whether you qualify. It costs nothing for your initial evaluation with an attorney at our firm, and we represent clients throughout Florida.
Throughout our years of practice, our attorneys have been successful in assisting hundreds of clients in sealing or expunging their criminal records. This allows these people to move on with their lives and get a much-needed fresh start.
Difference Between Expungement and Sealing in Florida
There is a difference between expungement and sealing a criminal record. Sealing a criminal record means that the public cannot access it, but particular government entities, such as listed in Florida Statute §943.059(4)(a), will have access to the sealed record in its entirety. Government entities will have access to expunged records but will need to obtain a court order in order to have access to the record itself. They will only be informed that the record had been expunged and will need to get a court order to view the information in the record.
What Crimes Can Be Expunged in Florida?
Not all records are able to be expunged. A list of these offenses which do not qualify for expungement are listed in Section 943.0585 F.S. Additionally, a list of offenses that may not be sealed when adjudication is withheld is included in Section 943.059. If an individual has been adjudicated guilty of a criminal offense the record is ineligible for sealing and will be denied regardless of what offense is being submitted.
Government & Expunged Offenses in FL
Under certain circumstances, government agencies may be able to view expunged offenses, but most situations, the individual is not obligated to disclose this information. This includes:
- Job Applications
- Apartment Applications
- Home Loan Application
Generally speaking, a DUI or prior criminal offense could influence your ability to obtain certain forms of employment or a home loan. In some cases, applications for apartment rentals require this information as well. If your record is expunged, though, you are not required to provide information regarding your prior offense on the application.
“Do I Need an Attorney for the Expungement Process?”
An expungement is a valuable legal tool for individuals who want to escape the repercussions of a past criminal offense. Without the help of an attorney, though, you may have difficultly actually getting your charge erased. To begin the expungement process, you must fill out an application (petition) and submit to the correct court, where a judge will review your information. This application is usually accompanied by a fee.
Find out If You Are Eligible for Expungement or Sealing Today!
Our Miami expungement attorneys at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. are here to help guide you through the legal process, expungements and record sealing is part of that process. If you need representation, our experience in this field can be of much benefit.
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