Having a criminal history record can be quite a problem, even if you've put the bad days behind you. One of the challenges is that Florida law makes it incredibly easy to retrieve a criminal record. This applies as much to you as it does to those who may wish to collect information on any criminal offense that you may have committed in the past.
Job hunting, for example, may be severely impacted, as may attempting to secure housing. Even less formal and personal relationships can be adversely affected by your having a Florida criminal history record. Thankfully, people who qualify to have an arrest record sealed or expunged have a chance at getting a fresh start and another chance to do things right. Below is a look at how both processes work and how an experienced law enforcement agency can assist you.
Section 943.045(16) of the Florida Statutes speaks to expunging criminal records and describes it as the physical destruction of same by criminal justice agencies. Any criminal history records handled this way no longer loom over your life. Note, however, that there is a confidential record retained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Its use is for limited reasons that the statutes outline.
To be eligible for the expungement of your criminal history record, you must meet the following conditions:
Provided these criteria are met, arrest records may potentially be expunged.
Sealing Florida criminal records is covered under Statute Section 943.045. It refers to sealing as the preserving of a criminal record in a way that prevents viewing to those who do not have the legal right to do so.
This is in contrast to when you have your criminal record expunged, which speaks to physical destruction. When you have your criminal history record sealed, it remains preserved but there is a boundary placed on who can access it. Additionally, there's less of a battle against a state attorney. The eligibility criteria for having your record sealed are as follows:
Sections 943.0585 and 943.059 of the Florida Statute indicate that certain offenses are not eligible to be sealed or expunged unless the charges were dropped or dismissed. These are as follows:
If you manage to prevent those who wish to access criminal records from finding yours by having them sealed or expunged, there are several benefits including peace of mind and the ability to carry out various aspects of life as normal.
Erase the Case has been helping Floridians with having a criminal history record sealed or expunged for many years. That's the benefit of having an expert team of attorneys exclusively licensed in Florida.
You get the benefit of a lawyer who is quite familiar with the nuances of the system and its application process. For instance, an applicant must be fingerprinted either by one of several; authorized members of law enforcement agencies or other criminal justice agency.
Regain your peace of mind today by calling 1 (866) 372-7335 for an evaluation. Why continue to live with the worry of criminal offenses of the past looming over your shoulder?