Record Sealing / Expunction
When charged with a criminal offense, individuals usually focus on how a conviction will impact their immediate future. They are concerned with the potential of fines, probation, or even time behind bars. However, when an individual is convicted of a crime, the record of the offense will follow him or her for life, which could seriously impact the ability to gain employment or receive a quality education.
Fortunately, there are options for individuals who have been convicted of crimes. Under certain circumstances, offenders can have their criminal record sealed or expunged. This would effectively wipe the slate clean, making it easier to live a productive life, free of limitations.
Delray Beach Criminal Record Sealing and Expunging Lawyer
If you are seeking to have your record sealed or expunged in Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or the surrounding areas, contact McLaughlin Morris, P.A.. Jeff Morris and Drew McLaughlin have the knowledge and resources necessary to prepare you for a record sealing or expunction hearing.
Contact us today at (561) 404-0529, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, to help protect your future employment and educational opportunities. Your initial consultation is free and we are prepared to assist you.
Overview on Record Sealing/Expunction in Florida
- Process of Sealing or Expunging a Criminal Record in Palm Beach
- Crimes That Are Ineligible For Sealing or Expunction
- Benefits to Having Your Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged
- Resources For Having Your Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged
- Attorney Assistance in Record Sealing or Expunction in Palm Beach
If you seek to have your criminal record sealed or expunged in Palm Beach County, the first step in the process is to apply through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement so that they may determine your eligibility. If it is determined you are eligible to have your record sealed, then you will receive a certificate of eligibility.
Upon receiving your certificate, you must file a petition with the court. Your petition must include your certificate of eligibility, a sworn statement which says you have never been convicted of any offense found under § 943.051(3)(b) of the Florida Statutes, a sworn statement which says you have not had your criminal record sealed or expunged in the past, and a sworn statement which says you are eligible to have your record sealed or expunged.
In order to be deemed eligible for a sealing or expunging of your criminal record, you must not have been convicted of any of the following offenses:
- Drug trafficking
- Petit theft
- Sexual battery
- Sexual crimes against a child
- Home invasion
- Unlawful carry of a concealed weapon
- Child neglect
- Cruelty to animals
- Open carry of a firearm
- Indecent exposure
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
If you have been convicted of any of the offenses mentioned above, you may be deemed automatically ineligible for a sealing or expunction of your criminal record. Other offenses not mentioned above may also prevent you from being eligible.
If you have been convicted of a crime and you are unsure about whether or not you are eligible to have your record sealed or expunged, a Palm Beach defense attorney can provide you with the information you need.
If you go through the necessary process and ultimately have your record sealed, you can legally deny that the incident for which you were arrested or convicted ever took place. The incident will not appear on background checks performed by employers or educational institutions, it will inaccessible to the public, and it will only be visible to certain governmental agencies.
If your record is expunged, it will be as if the incident never occurred and any record of the arrest or conviction will be destroyed. It will not be accessible by anyone who runs a background check or checks your criminal history. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will keep one copy of the record, but it will not be accessible by anyone without a court order.
Florida Statute § 943.059: Florida Statutes Online provides detailed information on various offenses and their potential penalties. This link to section 943.059 of the Florida Statutes provides information on the process and requirements for having your record sealed in Florida.
Florida Statute § 943.0585: This section of the Florida Statutes provides information on the various requirements to having your record expunged in Florida. The link provides useful information on the process of expunging your criminal record.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement: The FDLE provides the necessary information and the required forms for getting your record sealed or expunged. This website provides information on how to apply for a certificate of eligibility, and other appropriate information.
Your criminal record follows you wherever you go. For some, it feels like walking around with a permanent stain. Fortunately, if you have a criminal record, you have options. If you would like to have your record sealed or expunged, McLaughlin Morris, P.A. can assist you.
In order to protect your future, contact McLaughlin Morris, P.A. today at (561) 404-0529, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, to discuss your eligibility and options for having your criminal history sealed or expunged in West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, and the surrounding areas in South Florida.