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The Two Biggest Benefits To Clearing Your Criminal Record

Once you have been arrested and charged with a crime, the possibility that you will have a permanent criminal record becomes very real. People with criminal records can have a hard time getting jobs, applying for school, or obtaining certain licenses. These problems can follow you far into your future, but there are things you can do to have the charges removed from your record. If that is your choice, there is some important information to know about how an expungement works and whether you qualify for the process. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help you with this type of proceeding.

The first step in the process is to figure out if you are eligible for an expungement. You will qualify to seek an expungement for one of two reasons. The first way is if you had the case against you dismissed and the second is if you successfully completed a term of probation for a qualifying offense. The two biggest benefits to asking for an expungement and having your record cleared are:

  • The original charge that got you arrested for will no longer be visible on your record.
  • When the charge is no longer on your record, people who do a background search will not know that you ever faced the charges. So if a potential employer performs a background check, your future boss will not know that you have been charged with a crime in your past. This can help you land your dream job, or even get into your favorite school.

Keep in mind that if you are successful in getting your record expunged, there may be certain instances and people who can still see the charge. Some governmental agencies and law enforcement will still have access, so the reason you are seeking an expungement becomes important. In order to find out if an expungement will help you, call one of our qualified legal professionals today. We will explain how the expungement process works, and walk you through your options. Once you know what an expungement can offer you, you will be in a good position to make a choice that makes sense.

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.

Three Circumstances That Allow You To Clear Your Record

Having a criminal record can cause you to miss out on a job opportunity, make it hard to get into school, or might even prevent you from being able to rent a car. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, there are things you can do to after the fact to keep your record clean. But not every case is right for an expungement of the record, so before you dive in and ask the Court to seal your record, you should take the steps necessary to determine if you qualify. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help.

Three circumstances that allow you to clear your record under Florida law include the following:

  • A dismissal of the charges filed against you. If you were charged, but those charges were later dropped you can ask that your record be cleared of the charges.
  • If you were arrested, but charges were never filed you can ask that the arrest record be removed from your history.
  • A not guilty verdict will also qualify you for an expungement of the charges from your record. This usually requires you to go to trial, and then have a judge or jury enter a not guilty verdict in the case.

An expungement will clear your record of the charges from public viewing. This is helpful if you are applying for a job and the potential employer plans on doing a background check. But an instance where expungement will not benefit you is if you are seeking a position within a governmental or police agency, because those entities could still have access to your pre-expungement record. So, not only do you have to meet one of the above criteria in order to be eligible for an expungement, but you should also think about the reason you are seeking an expungement before you take action. If the end result is not going to be what you need, you might want to reconsider your decision. For help making the right choice, call one of our knowledgeable record sealing and expungement attorneys today to find out more.

For answers to questions about how to clear your record, call an experienced criminal defense attorney today. Skilled criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast are here to help you reach workable solutions. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.

The Key Difference Between Dismissal And Expungement

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime it is important to take the steps necessary to minimize the impact the arrest has on your criminal record. Once you have a criminal record certain things in life become more difficult. People with long rap sheets are less likely to be able to find a job, rent an apartment, or apply to school. This can leave you with very few options for your future, so if you can have the charges against you dropped or cleared from your record, you should. But before you start, it is important to understand certain legal terms, so you know what type of relief to seek.

There are two ways to have charges against you “disappear”. The first is if you are successful in your defense and the case against you gets dismissed. The second option is to ask the Court to expunge your record. An expungement is not the same as a dismissal, because with a dismissal the information still shows up on your record. Anyone with the ability to view your record will see what the charge was, and that it was dismissed. While this is helpful because there is no conviction against you, the original charge does still show up and this can be harmful in certain circumstances. But with an expungement, you get the benefit of the following:

  • The original charge is no longer shown on your record.
  • Without the notation of what you were charged with, it is not possible for most people to dig deeper and find out if you have ever been arrested for a certain crime.

The absence of any notation of an arrest is good because it can look like the incident never took place. This comes in handy when you are looking to take certain jobs, or to get into a good school. But be careful, some agencies will still have access to your records, so before you take the time to ask for an expungement spend some time with one of our knowledgeable defense attorneys to find out how it will work for you. Call us today to schedule an appointment to go over your case, and learn which options make the most sense for your situation.

If you have questions about expungement, 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.

 

One Of The Most Important Reasons To Seek Expungement Of Criminal Records

If you have been arrested and have tried to apply for a job, a loan, or to get into school and have been denied because of the information contained on your criminal record you know just how frustrating it is to not be able to leave the past where it belongs. Having a criminal record prevents you from doing the things mentioned, and could also prevent you from doing other things such as renting a car or apartment, or obtaining certain licenses. If you have been arrested and are interested in clearing your record, you should consider the option of expungement. Expungement is a court order that “seals” your record so it is no longer accessible by the public. There are certain requirements you must meet in order to seek expungement, and it is best to talk things over with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to find out if expungement is an option for you.

If expungement will work for your case, here are a few of the benefits of getting an order sealing your record:

  • The charges will not be visible to the public, so none of the information will be revealed when you are trying to do certain things. An important note here is that certain law enforcement still have access to the information, so make sure what you are trying to accomplish by expunging your record will be your reality.

 

  • Some of the data that is no longer available to anyone with an internet connection to see includes the police report, which might contain a lot of your personal information as well as what the charges against you were; even if the charges were eventually dropped or you were successful in your case.

Without an expungement all of the personal information in the report is available, and that is probably the stuff you most want to keep private. Think about how easy it would be to have your identity stolen if all someone had to do was sit at their desk and pull up your record, which would include your address, occupation, height, weight, hair color, and other personal characteristics. Protecting your personal information is hard enough in today’s digital world, but it doesn’t have to be made more difficult by allowing harmful criminal records to remain in place. If you are interested in having a criminal record expunged, call our office to find out if you qualify. We will let you know your options and help you make decisions that best meet your needs.

For help with keeping your record clean, 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.

One More Piece Of Personal Data You Need To Know About

If you have ever spent any time at the beach you know that you leave a footprint in the sand for every step you take, and that as soon as the tide rolls in your footprint is erased. But in real life it is not as easy to remove all traces of where you have been and what you have done. For instance, if you are arrested for a crime or receive a traffic ticket, there is a record of that event that can be pulled up by the authorities with the click of the mouse. Depending on the severity of the charges, you might find yourself in hot water with the police if you are pulled over for another infraction. However, there are ways you can “erase” previous charges, but you have to qualify for the process. The procedure is referred to as records expungement, and with certain types of cases it removes all reference to a past incident from public view. But be careful, just because the public can no longer search your record, that does not mean certain governmental agencies and personnel no longer have access.

If you are considering asking the Court to expunge your record, call us to make sure you qualify and that the results will be what you need. This is also a good time to learn about one more piece of personal information that may soon be available to you, and how detailed your online footprint could become. Google plans to implement a feature that allows a user to see the following:

  • You will soon be able to enter your own name in the search box, while signed in to your account, and pull up a history of your activity.
  • Recent websites visited on both your PC and smartphone will be revealed.
  • A feature similar to your smartphone’s “find your phone” app will also be available, and it could help you to protect the data you have stored on your phone. This will give you more security and increase your privacy.

Police and other agencies use the internet during investigations all the time. This new feature will help you to see what others can see about you, which can be beneficial if you are facing criminal charges. More Courts and Judges are allowing the use electronic information as evidence, and knowing what the other side could potentially “dig up” on you will help to develop and effective defense.

Allow an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you if you have been arrested. Your first visit is a free initial consultation and we work with you to come up with a strategy that is tailored to the facts of your case.

Three Ways To Keep Your Record Clean

Having a clean criminal record can help you get into school, get a job, rent an apartment, and can also help keep your auto insurance rates low. But if you have a rap sheet that follows you around wherever you go, doing these things becomes more difficult. Not only can it be hard to apply for certain jobs and licenses, but if you have a criminal record you will probably be subjected to intense questioning at even a routine traffic stop. In order to avoid these hassles, you should take the steps required to clear your record if you are eligible to do so.

Florida law allows for an expungement of criminal charges in certain circumstances. Three things to check for if you are interested in having your record expunged are:

  • You were arrested, but no charges were ever filed. If that is the case then you can ask the Court to enter an order of expungement, and any reference to the arrest will become invisible to the average person performing a search.
  • You were arrested and charges were filed, but you were ultimately found not guilty.
  • You were arrested and charged, but the charges filed against you ended up getting dismissed. This can happen if you make just the right deal with the prosecution when negotiating terms of probation for your case. In fact, it is common to agree to go on probation for a period of time in exchange for a dismissal of the charges against you upon a successful completion of the probation.

Keep in mind you will not need to show all three of these things, and doing so would not be possible in any event. Expungement of charges offers many people a clean slate, but it is important to understand the limitations of this procedure. Certain law enforcement agencies will still be able to see the information, even it if is expunged. What this means is that if you are considering asking the Court to expunge your record, you first learn whether the outcome will help you. For instance, if you are going to apply for a governmental job, an expungement may not necessarily keep your potential employer from seeing your record. Before you take this step, let us look over the facts of your case and let you know if it is right for you. Call us today to learn for a review of your case as it relates to having charges expunged.

If you need help clearing your criminal record, call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.

One Good Reason To Have Your Records Expunged

How many times have you gone online and searched yourself or a friend? Are you surprised at what information turns up on the search, or is it what you expect? If you have ever seen an ad pop up while playing a game on your iPhone, you know that there are services out there that can be used to search individuals. If you don’t want your personal life made public, you should take steps to keep your information private. This is especially true if you have a criminal record. Your past has a tendency to follow you around, but in certain circumstances you can “hide” the information from public viewing. The process is called expungement, and we can help.

One good reason to have your records expunged is just for the sake of maintaining your privacy. But there are other reasons you might want to seal your records, other than you just don’t want a nosy ex being able to search you online. Other reasons you may want to have your records expunged include:

  • If you are applying for a job, or for admission to school.
  • If you are trying to rent an apartment or home.
  • If you are applying for certain licenses.
  • If you want to keep your insurance rates low.
  • If you are applying for a loan.

The process requires legal action, and our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys can handle that for you. We can also take a look at your case and let you know if you qualify for an expungement. Not all types of records are subject to expungement and before you make the decision to try and have your records sealed it is best to talk things over with a knowledgeable professional.  With the way the internet works and how certain databases are linked to others, it is important to protect your privacy when possible and clear your record. Call us today to find out if you can have your criminal past erased, and if so what that means for you. Keep in mind there will still be some entities with the ability to view your records, so talk to us first and let us help you decide what action to take.

For help with expunging criminal records, 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

Three Common Ways To Get An Order Expunging Charges

Having a criminal record makes it hard to get a job, rent an apartment and maybe even to get the best rates on insurance. If you have been arrested and it is showing up on your record it is a good idea to explore the possibility of having the charges expunged. When a charge is expunged it is no longer visible to the public and can really help you get a fresh start. But there are some requirements you have to meet first, and certain steps you have to take in order to get an order of expungement.

In Florida there are three common arguments made when seeking to have a record expunged. These three things are:

  • That you have successfully completed a term of probation and the charges are now reduced.
  • You were found not guilty during your court case.
  • You were arrested, but no charges were ever filed.

Not every type of charge is subject to the laws of expungement, so before you take the first step to ask the Court to enter an order clearing your record, call a knowledgeable defense attorney. We will review your case and let you know if you qualify for an expungement, and if so what you can expect once you ask the Court to clear your record. It is also important to know why you want your record cleaned up, because in some instances even an order expunging the charges will still be available to certain entities. If you are trying to get hired for a governmental job, the charged will still be visible on a background check. Or, if you are applying for a certain type of license (like a gun license), the charges might still be accessible. Call us today for more information about expungement and let us help you make a decision that works for you.

If you have questions about expunging or sealing charges, call our office for answers. Schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.

If you have questions about expunging records, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.

How Expungement Can Help You

Having a criminal record has an impact on your future. We know that everyone makes mistakes, but that those mistakes should not follow you the rest of your days. But in a society full of social media posts and email chains that never get deleted it can be hard to wipe out any trace of things you’ve done in your past. However, in certain criminal case circumstances there is the possibility that you can clear your record and start over with a clean slate. If you qualify you can ask for an expungement of your record, and the charges detailing the mistakes of youth will not go with you as you grow older.

An expungement of your record is available if the charges were dismissed, you were found not guilty, or an arrest was made but the charges never filed. Three ways having the notation of criminal activity cleared from your record helps includes:

  • You will be able to apply for school or jobs and state that you have not been convicted of any crime. This is important if the school or job of your choice looks at your record.
  • You will be eligible for better loan rates or be able to rent an apartment or house easier. It sounds funny but even banks and landlords look at your past when making the decision on whether to loan you money or rent to you.
  • You will be able to apply for certain licenses that those with criminal records are otherwise not eligible to hold.

Not every charge is subject to expungement, so before you take the steps to make the request to enter an order expunging your record it is critical to find out if you qualify. Also, there are some instances where even if you get an order of expungement your record is still visible to certain entities. For example, law enforcement will still have access to your record so if you are looking to join the force an expungement will not work for you. In most cases expungement is also only available for first time offenders, so if you are a repeat offender expungement is unlikely to give you any benefit. For more information call our office and make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys today.

For help with criminal defense, 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 Requirements To Clear Your Record

Having a criminal record can prevent you from getting certain jobs, or getting into the school of your choice. Charges on your record can even prevent you from renting a house or apartment, or receiving favorable loan terms. So if you have a record and are eligible to have it expunged, you should take the legal steps required to have the charges removed from public viewing. Expungement does not work in every instance, and there are some criteria that must be met before you can obtain an order of expungement.

Under Florida law these three requirements have been put in place in order for a defendant to seek expungement of their record:

  • An arrest was made, but the authorities never formally filed charges against you.
  • Charges were filed, but you were found not guilty.
  • Charges were filed, but were later dismissed.

It is not necessary to have all three of these factors met, and in fact it would be impossible to have all three exist in the same case. One thing to keep in mind though is that the information may still be visible to certain agencies, so before you seek an expungement it is wise to make sure the results will meet your needs. In order to find out if you qualify for an expungement, call a qualified defense attorney. Our team of criminal defense attorneys knows what it takes to expunge a record and can help you decide if this is the option for you. Call us today to learn more and let us plan a strategy for your case. We will review your case for having records expunged, and let you know if you qualify and what to expect once an order is entered.

 

For more information about expungement of criminal histories, 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.