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How Do You Clear Your Criminal Record?

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

February 21, 2021

If you have a criminal record or a history of state offenses, there are a few things you should be aware of. First and foremost, an arrest will stay on your record even if the case is dismissed. Having an arrest on your record can negatively impact your opportunities for the following:

  • Jobs

  • Education

  • Loans

This is why it is crucial to take steps to seal your record or pursue expungement. Expungement is the act of clearing your record of a criminal history or other activities and convictions.

Sealing Your Record vs. Expungement

The difference between sealing a criminal record and expungement is that sealing a record means the public cannot access it, but particular government entities will have access to it in its entirety. Government entities have access to expunged records; however, in order to do this, they will need to obtain a court order to be granted permission to view the record.

It is also important to note that not all records can be expunged. All of the offenses which do not apply for expungement can be found in Section 943.0585 F.S. Also, a list of crimes that may not be sealed when adjudication is withheld is included in Section 943.059.

Looking To Clear Your Record?

If you are looking to expunge your record in Florida, we may be able to help. Here at Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we have the skills, experience, and determination to help get you a favorable outcome for your case.

We have handled countless complex cases and know how to navigate the legal system. When you need someone you can trust to help defend your rights and freedom, rest assured Hager & Schwartz, P.A. is here for you. You can reach us at (305) 330-1360 or contact us through our website today.