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Can Violent Crimes Be Expunged in Florida?

To expunge a criminal offense from your record is to remove it from your record. If someone conducts a background check on you, the expunged offense will no longer show. This is beneficial when it comes to getting a job, applying for housing, and more. However, not all crimes are eligible for expungement in Florida. What violent crimes can be expunged, if any?

Eligibility for Expungement

In Florida, there are certain criteria you must meet to be eligible for expungement.

  • You cannot have been convicted, or adjudicated guilty, of the offense
  • You cannot have any additional pending sealing or expungement requests with the court
  • You cannot expunge an offense listed in Section 943.0585 F.S.

An example of an offense that would be eligible for expungement is a DUI that never resulted in a conviction.

Violent Crimes Ineligible for Expungement

Florida law explicitly states that the following violent offenses are always ineligible for expungement:

  • Homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Burglary of a dwelling
  • Kidnapping
  • Child abuse
  • Any offense that requires sex offender registration
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Robbery

If you are convicted of any of these felony offenses, the incident will remain on your record forever. If you are facing charges for a violent crime, it’s crucial that you contact a defense attorney as soon as possible.

The Best Way To Keep Your Criminal Record Clear

The best way to keep your record clear and avoid a conviction is to work with Hager & Schwartz, P.A.. Our attorneys have saved thousands of clients from having a conviction on their record, and all of the consequences that come with it. Contact us today to get started on your defense.

Do you have additional questions about expungement? Click here to see more on our website. Our attorneys can also help guide you through the record sealing or expungement process.