Seal Your Record
A criminal record can be a constant obstacle to a better life. Convicted or not, just being arrested can have serious consequences for a person. Fortunately, Florida law provides a way to clean your arrest record through record expungement or record sealing.
Most people don’t realize that once you are arrested, the police and court record becomes a PUBLIC RECORD which anyone can see online while performing a background check or go to the courthouse if they want specific information regarding the arrest record. This arrest record exists even if your case was dismissed or you were found not guilty.
Many people think that arrest records are automatically sealed after a period of time. This is not true. The arrest record remains publically available permanently unless that arrest record is ordered sealed or expunged by a judge.
As you may already know, criminal background checks are common and easy to do. Background checks are common when applying for a job, school, housing, loans, and several other areas. Once the court grants your criminal record sealing or criminal record expungement you don’t have to worry about that case following your around forever.
Florida law allows a person who has never been convicted (adjudicated guilty) of a crime to seal or expunge their arrest record. There are some criteria that you must meet however. These criteria are:
- You can’t have had any prior convictions (adjudications of guilt) for any criminal offense (anywhere).
- You can’t have had a criminal record sealed or expunged before (anywhere).
- You can’t be currently under court supervision (probation, house arrest, etc.).
- If you received a withhold of adjudication, the case seeking to be sealed or expunged can’t be listed as a dangerous crime.
Once the case is sealed or expunged, you may legally deny that the arrest record and court case ever happened. Of equal benefit, it will remove it from public view and stop the arrest record from coming up in a background check. There are some exceptions to this.You cannot afford to make the mistake of not knowing your options.
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