Looking to Regain Your Peace of Mind?
Not everyone can move forward from their criminal record and put it behind them for good. Whether you were sentenced to prison or not, your life following a conviction can feel imprisoning, nonetheless. Getting a job, securing housing and enjoying peace of mind is nearly impossible when your criminal history is available to the public. As such, you should consider getting your record expunged.
Record expungement is a method that essentially wipes away your criminal record as if nothing happened. No one, not even government or law enforcement officials, may access your prior conviction history. It is your best option for getting a clean slate and a second chance at living normally again. While there are several benefits to getting your record expunged, you must ensure you are eligible.
Eligibility for Expungement
Like many states, Florida’s laws outline eligibility requirements for expungement:
You have never been found guilty of a criminal offense, or been found delinquent for committing any felony or any of the following misdemeanor offenses, such as:
- Assault on a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or other specified officers
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Open carry of a weapon
- Unlawful possession or discharge of a weapon or firearm at a school-sponsored event or on school property
- Unlawful use of destructive devices or bombs
- Unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor
- Exposure of sexual organs
- Petit theft
- Neglect of a child
- Cruelty to animals
- Your charges were dropped, dismissed or you were acquitted
You aren’t currently under court supervision (probation, pretrial release, house arrest, etc.)
You haven’t gotten your record expunged within the past 10 years
You have not pleaded guilty or no contest to any of the following charges:
- Aircraft piracy
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Sexual battery
- Burglary of a dwelling
- Child abuse/aggravated child abuse
- Child sex (age 12 to 18 by a family member)
- Child sexual performance
- Communications Fraud Act violations
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Trafficking
- Elderly abuse/aggravated elderly abuse
- Use of explosives
- Lewd or lascivious acts on children
- Lewd or lascivious acts on the elderly
- Public officer or public employee offenses
- Stalking/aggravated stalking
- Sexual Misconduct
Contact our record expungement lawyers if you’re looking to get started on a brighter future. Your livelihood can dramatically change when you don’t have a criminal record impacting your access to opportunities, which is why our attorneys will help you file for expungement and provide the legal counsel you need to get a fresh start.
Schedule a free consultation with The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A. online or by calling (407) 326-0650!