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Three Ways Clearing Your Record Can Help

Websites and smart phone apps like Facebook and Instagram are a lot of fun, and a good way to share your life with your friends and family, but not everything about your life should be made public. Certain things are best left private, but with easy access to online documents it is getting harder and harder to maintain your privacy. When the information that is available to anyone with a connection is damaging to your reputation or could harm your chances of getting a job, it is time to take steps to get that information out of public viewing. One way to do this is to seek an order of expungement, of any criminal cases where you were a defendant.

Three ways having your records cleared can help you are:

  • When you get an order of expungement to clear your record, potential employers or landlords will not be able to find information about cases against you when doing a background check. This might mean the difference between getting that dream job, or being able to rent in a desirable part of town.
  • An order of expungement will keep telemarketers from finding out information about you and selling that information to companies that create “lists”.
  • Having your records expunged ensures your private information is not visible to the public, which can help if you want to keep your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. Identify theft is a huge problem and the more data that can be found out about you by a simple internet search, the worse off you might be when trying to protect yourself.

In order to be eligible for an expungement, the facts of your case must meet certain legal requirements. We know what the facts include, and how to determine if they exist in your case. If so, we know how to file the paperwork to ask the Court to grant your request for an order of expungement, and then fill you in on the impact of that order. It is important to know that not everything is subject to being expunged, and for the things that you can get off of your record, some governmental agencies may still have access.

For answers to your questions about records expungement, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. We offer representation for a wide range of offenses, call us to schedule an appointment.

Two Ways A Dismissal Is Different From Getting Your Record Cleared

Anytime you do something drastic, you wonder just how lasting that impact of new actions may be down the road. For instance, if you decide to get serious about your health and start making changes to diet and exercise, you should only expect these changes to last as long as you are practicing healthy habits. This is a positive long term effect, but not all actions have this same kind of result. A good example is an arrest, and your natural inclination to wonder if the arrest will have any kind of effect on your future. The answer depends on the type of case, the outcome of the case, and a few other factors.

Criminal cases are usually disposed of by a finding of guilt or innocence, or the charges get dropped (dismissed). If your case was not dismissed, you can take steps to have the record cleared. But, when doing this it is good to know the difference between a dismissal and an expungement (clearing) of your record. Here are two ways a dismissal is different from an expungement:

  • A dismissed case is the same as if the case was never filed. You cannot be found guilty or innocent of a case that was never filed, so if you get a dismissal there should be no notation of anything other than the dismissal.
  • A case that gets expunged has the effect of removing the charges from public viewing of your record. This means a search should not yield any results with data about the arrest or case.

To get an expungement you do have to meet certain requirements. One way to get an expungement is to successfully complete a term of probation. If you do that, you may be able to get an order from the Court that clears the matter from your record. For more information, call our office. We will review the facts of your case and let you know if you qualify for an expungement and can also handle the paperwork for you. Do keep in mind though that even with an expungement there may be some law enforcement officials that are still able to see your record. So, it is important to know why you want an expungement before you make a request for one, and we can help with that too.

For help with questions about how to clear your record, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. We help people charged with all sorts of crimes in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Call today to schedule an appointment.

 

Two Reasons To Clear Your Record

Being arrested for a crime is something that can follow you around for a lifetime, and have negative implications on several areas of your life. This can make it hard to get a job, rent an apartment, get into school, or maybe even buy a car. Your criminal record contains information about the crimes you have been arrested for, but there are things you can do to have those things removed from your record. Asking for an expungement can help you down the road for years to come, and is well worth the effort if you qualify for an order of expungement.

To determine if you qualify for an expungement you first need to know the outcome of cases against you. If you had a case dismissed, you will qualify for an expungement of the charges. If you went on probation and were successful, you should also qualify for an expungement. The type of charge filed against you plays a role too, so let a knowledgeable attorney look at your case. Here are two good reasons to seek an expungement if you qualify:

  • The original crime will no longer show up on your record.
  • When there is no crime on your record, people who are doing searches will not be able to find out about your past. This can help with employment, but also offers you a level of personal privacy that is sometimes lacking in today’s digital and online age.

The inability to see your record is limited to those who perform public records searches. There may still be entities and individuals who can see your record, like some law enforcement agencies. But if you are not trying to get a job with the police force or in a state or federal office, this should not make much of a difference. If you are considering seeking an expungement of your record, let us tell you if you qualify. If you do qualify, let us handle the procedure for you, and explain it to you in full so you feel confident in your choice to ask that your record be cleared.

If you have questions about how to expunge a criminal record, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. Call us to schedule an appointment.

Two Or More Reasons To Seal Your Criminal Record

If you have ever been arrested, there will be a public record of your case. This is a scary thought when you think about how many people have access to the internet, and free time on their hands. With a simple search, the details of your case may be visible to a complete stranger or even worse, a friend or family member. If you want to keep your private life out of public viewing, there are things you can do to make it so your criminal record cannot be seen. But there are some restrictions on the process, and some important things to know about what you can accomplish.

A few good reasons to have your criminal record sealed, called expungement, are:

  • Cleaning up your record can make it easier to get a job. Many potential employers perform background checks on new hires, and if your record shows up you might miss out on a great job opportunity.
  • Clearing your record will work for not only one charge, but all charges associated with your case. This means if you got a speeding ticket AND a DUI, you can have both expunged. This is helpful for a variety of reasons; the most important may be the ability to keep your driver’s license.

It is important to remember that in order to have a record expunged you cannot have been convicted of the crime. Those people who are eligible for an expungement include those who were arrested but charges were never filed, the charges were dismissed, or there was a finding of not guilty made. This information could come in handy when you are negotiating a plea agreement in a case, because it is always important to look to the future and possible consequences when trying to resolve a current case. These criteria are also good to know when you are making the determination as to whether you should seek an expungement. You would not want to undertake an action that is not going to lead to the desired results, and we can take a look at your case to help you understand what type of outcome is likely. If you have been arrested for a crime and are wondering if it will stick around on your record, or whether you can have it wiped clean, call us for help.

For questions about expunging your criminal record, call us to schedule an appointment. Let one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you with your case. Your first visit with us is a free initial consultation.

Three Benefits To Expunging Your Criminal Record

If you have ever applied for a job, a loan, filled out an application to get into school, or tried to rent an apartment you are familiar with the forms and know that some contain information about your past. Part of that information is your work or educational history, but part of it is also about your criminal record. Most things you apply for in today’s society require you to answer a question about your arrest and/or conviction record. If you have a record you have to check the “yes” box, but if you do not have a record or have taken steps to have it cleared you can confidently check the “no” box when answering this question.

One benefit to having your records expunged is that you say you have not been arrested, but three other benefits to expungement include:

  • You might enjoy a better interest rate on loans and/or insurance.
  • You can apply for and obtain certain licenses if you do not have a record.
  • More job opportunities will open up for you when you are able to report that you do not have a criminal record. Admission to certain schools and universities might also depend on whether you have a clean record.

The process to have your record expunged is a legal one, and our team of criminal defense attorneys knows how to make the request. We can also let you know the possible outcome of a request to expunge your record, because in some instances the data is still visible to certain agencies. So if you are trying to get a job within certain governmental agencies, it is important to know whether an expungement will still be found. We can also help you if you have been denied benefits due to having a record, and what you can do about that denial. If you have questions about how to clear your record, how an expungement can help you, or what to do if you believe you have been unlawfully discriminated against, call our office. We will go over your case with you, and let you know your options.

If you questions about how to clear your record, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for answers. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.

Five Reasons To Have Your Record Expunged

If you have ever entered your name in a Google search you are probably surprised at the information that comes up on the list. Even though you think your personal information is private, there are plenty of pieces of information that find their way to the internet. If you don’t mind having your private life made public, this may not bother you. But, if you prefer to maintain some form of privacy, it will be important for you to learn how to keep damaging data off of your criminal record. So, if you have been arrested for a crime, you should take action to see if the information can be removed from public viewing. The process that allows you to do this is called an expungement, and it can have long lasting benefits.

One benefit to having your records expunged is along the lines mentioned above, sometimes it is all about your privacy. But there are other reasons you might ask a Court to expunge a criminal record, and here are the top five of those reasons:

  • Some schools and employers ask if you have a record, and being able to check the “no” box can boost your chances of admission or of being hired.
  • Certain types of licenses are only available to those without a record.
  • Some landlords will not rent an apartment or house to a person with a record.
  • Sometimes your chances of getting a loan can be impacted if you have a criminal record.
  • Even the rate you pay for insurance can vary when you have a record.

Our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys can handle preparing and filing the necessary documents that ask the Court to seal your record from public viewing. But keep in mind that some law enforcement agencies will still have access to your record, so be sure that the result you are likely to get meets your needs. We can explain the process to you, and let you know what options are available to you. Call us today to find out more, and let us help you determine whether you should seek an expungement of your record.

If you questions about how to clear your record, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for answers. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.

Three Good Reasons To Have Your Record Cleared

Having a clean criminal record does more than just help you get a job, it can also help with small things like paying less for car insurance or renting a house. If you have been arrested and are worried about the impact it has on your future, we want you to know your options. There are instances where you can ask the Court to clear the charges from your record, and doing so can be beneficial in a number of ways.

Florida law provides for a process called expungement, which is sort of like sealing your criminal record. The end result is that in certain cases the notation of the arrest and charges will be removed from your record, making it impossible for a person performing a public search to see the information. If you were arrested but no charges were ever filed, you can ask that the arrest record be expunged. Likewise, if you were arrested but the charges were dismissed you can also seek an order of expungement. And, if you were arrested and eventually found not guilty or were successful while on probation, expungement might work for you. Three good reasons to have your record cleared are:

  • If the offense is traffic related, an expungement can keep points off of your driving record.
  • An expungement will help keep a potential employer from finding out about an arrest if having a background check is part of the hiring process. The same is true for admission to school, or when applying for certain licenses.
  • You are able to say that you have not been arrested, if the arrest record is expunged. This question is asked on a lot of applications, sometimes even for something like renting a car.

One word of caution though, some law enforcement and governmental agencies will still have access to the information. So if you are applying for a government job, it is best to be honest when asked if you’ve been arrested because the data can be found. If you are thinking about asking for records to be expunged, call us to learn if this procedure will work for you.

If you have questions about how to clear your criminal record, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Four Ways To Clear Your Criminal Record

Having a criminal record can prevent you from doing a lot of things in life. You might be turned down for a job, denied admission to school, or even be made to pay a higher insurance rate if you have a record. So it is good to know that, depending on the type of charges, you might be eligible to have your record cleared. The legal term is expungement, and in order to get an order of expungement certain requirements must be met. In order to find out if you qualify, it is best to have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney review your case.

Four ways to clear your criminal record, through a request for an expungement, according to Florida law include:

  • No charges were filed against you, even though you were arrested. If that is the case, you can ask the Court to remove the notation of arrest from your record so it is no longer visible on a public records search.
  • You were arrested and charged, but the charges against you were dismissed. If that is the result in your case, you can ask for an order of expungement to remove the information from your record.
  • You were arrested and charged, and decided to have a trial in your case that ended up with a not guilty verdict. If you were found not guilty it only makes sense that you should not have a record of the incident. An order of expungement will get this done for you
  • You were arrested and charged, and decided to resolve the case against you by going on probation. This is only an option if you were ultimately successful on your probation, by following all of the rules for the entire term of your probation.

If your case fits within one of these four scenarios, seeking an order of expungement can benefit you. And, it is always important to remember that even with an order of expungement there may be agencies that are still able to see your record. Let us help you decide whether expungement is the answer you need, and if so, let us help you get results. To learn if expungement will work for you, call our office.

For help with questions about expungement, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. We offer representation for a wide range of offenses, call us to schedule an appointment.

Three Good Reasons To Have Your Records Expunged

Now more than ever it is possible for people to search you online, and find out things about your personal life. Many times the information found is something you would rather keep private, but without the security of a sealed record or restricted access to certain data, the unfortunate result is that your private information can fall into anyone’s hands. This includes a potential employer, a school admissions counselor, or even a landlord at an apartment you’ve been considering. But there are things you can do to safeguard your personal information, it simply takes a quick phone call to a knowledgeable attorney.

The process of making your personal information private again is referred to as expungement. At least when the matters you seek to keep private are contained on a criminal arrest record. Three good reasons to have your records expunged include the following:

  • An expungement will keep the general public from being able to view your history, which could mean the difference between getting a job you’ve applied for or being passed over for another applicant. We all make mistakes, but those mistakes should not follow us around forever and impact our ability to earn a living.
  • An expungement will keep an online “stalker” from learning things about you that you prefer to keep private. In this day and age, it is unfortunate that people from our past sometimes take to the internet to see what we’ve been up to the past few years. If the information out there in cyberspace includes an arrest record, anyone with internet access may be able to find and view the record.
  • An expungement will keep an unsavory company from “republishing” information about you. No one wants their name and photo to show up on any kind of “list”, but there are some companies that do just that – in the name of safety. When your record is no longer available for public viewing, you can rest assured these types of companies will not be using your image.

It is important to keep in mind that not every type of crime is eligible for an expungement, and the facts of your case have to be just right in order for the Judge to grant your request. We know what to look for, and can let you know if seeking an expungement will help you. It is also good to know that even with an order of expungement, certain law enforcement agencies still have access to your records. So, if you are thinking about asking the Court to seal your records, call us first. We will talk it over with you, and let you know if the results likely in your case are the types of results you want.

For answers to your questions about records expungement, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. We offer representation for a wide range of offenses, call us to schedule an appointment.

The Top Three Reasons To Have Your Record Cleared

If you have never been arrested or even received a traffic ticket, you might not know how important it is to have a clean criminal record. There are many reasons to keep your record clean, and some of them might not be the first ones on your mind. Something as innocent as trying to rent a car or an apartment can be impacted if you have a criminal record, but there are things you can do to make sure your record is clear. There are certain criteria that have to be met first, but if you qualify for an expungement, you should take the steps needed to ask the Court for this type of order. Once entered, damaging information is no longer visible for public viewing.

Florida law will let you expunge your record if you were arrested but no charges were ever filed, or if the charges against you were dismissed. You can also ask the Court to clear your record if you received a not guilty verdict in your case, or if you successfully completed the terms of your probation. The top three reasons to have your record expunged include:

  • Having the notation of the crime removed from your record, which means it would not be found if a background check were performed. Many potential employers ask possible hires to undergo such a check, and you might be passed over for the job if your background check reveals certain things.
  • An expungement of a traffic related offense can keep points off of your driving record, which in turn can help you to avoid loss of your driving privileges.
  • If you have an order of expungement, you can check the “no” box when asked on certain types of applications whether you have been convicted of a crime. This is often the first step in most job and school application processes, and a “no” answer is viewed more favorably than a “yes” response.

But, be careful when asking about an expungement, because there are still some agencies that can see the information. If you want to have charges expunged from your criminal record in order to get a job in law enforcement, or certain other governmental agencies, you may not get the result you need. For more information and to determine whether expungement is right for you, call us today.

For more information about expungements, call an experienced defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer an initial consultation for no charge, and look forward to helping you resolve your case in a satisfactory way.

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