If you have a criminal record, you likely know the difficulties associated with it and are probably wondering if it is possible to get it expunged. In the state of Florida, individuals are allowed to expunge a criminal record as long as it did not lead to a conviction, or if your criminal record has been sealed for 10 years or more. If you plead guilty to your charges and served your sentence, you might also be eligible to seal and expunge your record.
Expungement in Florida
Assuming you meet the requirements and are eligible, expungement in Florida will usually take about 7 months. It is crucial to seek the assistance of a criminal defense attorney at this time to ensure the process goes smoothly and no unnecessary errors are made. If you are attempting to restore your firearm rights, there is a separate legal process for this in Florida.
You will not be eligible for expungement if you were convicted of the crime you were charged with or if you have another arrest or charge on your record. Additionally, even if you do plead guilty to the charges against you, there are some offenses that do not qualify for an expungement in Florida. Some of these offenses include:
- Domestic Violence
- Child Abuse
- Sexual Violations
- Drug Trafficking
If your record is eligible for expungement in Florida and you successfully complete the process, you will be able to apply to a wide range of state and local government jobs, including teaching or law enforcement. To file for an expungement, there is a small fee and you must fill out the proper forms and provide certain pertinent documents. This is why it is advisable to have an experienced attorney to help you throughout this process. Without skilled legal help, you might find yourself moving in circles.
Longwood Expungement Attorneys
Having a criminal record can make it difficult for individuals to find or maintain employment, education, and housing. You do not necessarily have to live with this and, under certain circumstances, you might be able to legally seal or expunge your criminal record. At The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A., our Seminole County team will walk you through the process.
Contact our office today at (407) 326-0650 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.