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Three Ways Expunging Your Record Helps

Everyone makes mistakes, but to have those mistakes follow your around for the rest of your life can cause serious problems. But if you have a criminal record that is just what might happen to you. You could miss out being hired for a dream job simply because a mistake you made in your youth still haunts you today, or you might not be allowed live in certain areas if there are things on your record that prove undesirable to a landlord or neighbor. This harsh reality is true for too many people, and does not have to be the case. In some instances there exists the possibility of having your record cleared, so you can have a fresh start. The way to get this done is to ask the Court to expunge the notation of the charge from your record, and we can help. But before you make the decision to seek expungement, take a look at how it works.

To ask that a record be expunged you first have to qualify to make the request. Not every offense is subject to the rules of expungement, but if your case falls into the category where expungement is an option, you can expect the following benefits from an order of expungement:

  • Reference to the charges will no longer be visible by the public. This means that an ordinary citizen will not be able to see that you were once charged with the crime.
  • Certain law enforcement agencies and parts of the government will still be able to view the charges, so it is important to know why you are seeking expungement before you file the motion.
  • An expungement is not the same thing as a dismissal of the charges against you; it is simply a removal of those charges from public viewing. A dismissal is one of the ways to qualify to have the record expunged, but that is a separate legal matter than the expungement itself. Unless you ask for a dismissed case to be expunged, your record will still reflect the case, with the notation that it was dismissed.

The decision to proceed with a motion to expunge a record should only be made once you have allowed a competent criminal defense attorney to review your case to see if you qualify. Keep in mind that if you do go forward with asking for an expungement, the result is not the same as if the case against you were dismissed. A dismissal only shows that the case did not proceed within the Court system, but the underlying charge for which the case was originally brought will still appear. You can ask for an order of expungement on a dismissed case, but it is critical to understand that the two are not the same. If you are considering asking the Court to clear your record, call our office for help.

For more information about how to have criminal charges removed from your record, 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.

Three Important Facts About Expungement

Having a criminal record can make certain things more difficult in life. You would expect to have a hard time obtaining a firearm license if you have a criminal record, but did you know a record can also play a part in what type of housing you qualify for, or even the premiums you pay for auto insurance? The simple truth is that having a criminal record impacts ore areas of your life than you might expect, so if you are able to have your record cleared you should take the steps necessary to make a clear record a reality. The circumstances under which you can have your record expunged are limited, so it is a good idea to go over your case with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to find out if you qualify.

Under Florida law you are eligible for an expungement of charges if you can show that you were found not guilty, that the case was dismissed, or that you successfully completed a term of probation. Three important things to keep in mind when seeking to clear your record include:

  • The types of charges that can be removed from your criminal record are limited, so before you make up your mind to file for an expungement make sure the type of case against you falls under one of the categories for which the Court will enter an order of expungement.
  • Even charges that are subject to expungement may still be visible to certain parties and entities. For example, law enforcement and other governmental agencies will still have access to your arrest record even if you have obtained an order of expungement.
  • You are not allowed to ask for an expungement every time you meet the qualification, the law places limits on the number of times you can make the request.

The above three facts makes it clear that if a clear record is what you seek it is critical to first find out if the charges you seek to have removed from your record are of the type that can legally be removed, and if so what the result will be once your case is completed. If you are trying to get a job with law enforcement even an order of expungement will not keep the information private. In that type of instance the best course of action is to be up front about your history, and demonstrate how your circumstances are now different. However if what you seek is admission to a certain school or college, expungement might work for you. In order to find out more, call our office and speak with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys today. We will look over the facts of your case and explain your options.

If you have questions about having a criminal record expunged, 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.

Three Ways To Clear Your Record

Having a criminal record can keep you from getting a job, renting an apartment, or getting into school. The negative association that goes along with a criminal record can really hold you back, but there are things you can do to make sure the negative impact is decreased. In some cases the law gives you the ability to erase your record, and start with a clean slate. In order to determine if you qualify, it is best to enlist the help of a knowledgeable attorney. Expungement of a criminal record can have great benefits, but only if you take the appropriate steps.

Three ways to have your record cleared; under Florida law include the following:

  • If charges were filed against you but were later dismissed, you will qualify for an expungement. This may happen due to the result of careful negotiations, or a lack of evidence. This can also be the result of successfully completing a term of probation, with one of the terms being a dismissal of the charges after the probation comes to an end.
  • If you were arrested but there was not enough evidence to file charges, you can ask for the notation of arrest to be taken off of your record.
  • If charges were filed and you were found not guilty, you are entitled to have the incident erased from your criminal record. A not guilty finding is typically the result of a trial.

An expungement will remove the charges from your record; so that when your record is pulled up there will not be any note of the arrest or the charges. This is true for the general public, but not necessarily for law enforcement or governmental agencies. So, if you are considering seeking an expungement, it is smart to find out if the result will be of any benefit to you. We can help you to make this determination, and take the steps needed for an expungement. Our team of legal professionals can help you with your record sealing and expungement, and are ready to help you today.

If you have questions about expunging an arrest or criminal record, 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.

 

Three Benefits Of Expungement

Until you have a criminal record it might not be readily evident to you how important it is to have a clean record. Most employers are hesitant to hire people with criminal records, the military checks your record when attempting to enter the service, some schools do not admit students that have records, and you might not even be able to rent an apartment if you have a criminal record. You may be wondering what you can do about a record if you have one, or how you can prevent a current charge from showing up on your record. The law does allow for a record to be cleared in certain circumstances, and if you qualify for an expungement under one of these situations it is to your benefit to seek an order that seals your record. We can help by examining your case and letting you know if you qualify, and if so, can take the necessary legal steps to make sure your record is cleared.

Florida law allows a defendant to ask for an expungement if the charges were never filed, even though you faced arrest or if the charges were dismissed after having been filed. You can also qualify for an expungement if you were found not guilty in the case, or made an agreement that upon a successful completion of probation the charges would be changed to a lesser offense. Three benefits of having a record expunged include:

  • Being able to claim that you have not been convicted of the crime.
  • Having the harmful notation removed from your record, so even if someone did perform a search the case would not show on your record.
  • Keeping points off your driving record, depending on the type of charges against you.

It is important to remember that certain law enforcement and governmental officials may still have access to your record, even once it has been expunged. So, if you are applying for a military appointment or job with the authorities it is likely the charges will still be visible. If you want to have charges expunged from your criminal record, call our office to find out if you qualify and if the result will be what you expect. We will go over your case with you and explain the details, so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.

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.

Three Benefits To Expunging Criminal Records

In today’s world there is an electronic footprint for nearly everything you do. But when that data includes all of your mistakes, your future opportunities may take a hit. In order to keep your criminal record free of blemishes, there are things you can do. But, the possibility of having a record cleared is only available in certain circumstances, so before you decide to ask for an expungement of your record, make sure you qualify and that the results will be beneficial.

Asking for a criminal record to be expunged means that the information regarding an arrest and case are no longer visible to the public. This requires you to take legal action, and if you are successful here are three things to know about expunging a criminal record:

  • Any referenced to the charges filed against you will be made invisible to public viewing. This will allow you to truthfully answer questions about an arrest record when applying for certain jobs and licenses, but in some instances the data remains accessible so you have to be careful about what information you provide and to whom it is provided after having a record expunged.
  • Among the agencies that may still have access to the information of your arrest are the police and military.
  • Having a record expunged “wipes the slate clean”, and if that slate includes your driving record an expungement should be part of keeping harmful points off your driving record.

The reasons people seek expungement are personal, and we can help you decide if expungement is right for your case. Call us today to find out if you qualify for an expungement, and if the results will benefit you.

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

Three Ways To Seal A Criminal Record

In today’s digital age, there is an electronic footprint for just about everything you do. In some cases this can be helpful, like when you are directed to a favorite website faster because your computer’s browser “remembers” your search history. In other instances having a record of your past history is not so good. A good example of when having a record can do more harm than good is when the record in question is a criminal record. Having a criminal record can prevent you from getting a job, renting a house, or getting a loan. This is why it is important to take steps to erase your record, when it is something the law permits you to do.

Florida law sets forth certain circumstances under which a criminal record can be sealed, the three ways to seal a record are:

  • An instance where you have been arrested, but the charges were never filed.
  • Charges were filed, but there was a not guilty verdict entered.
  • Charges were filed, but were later dismissed and the case against you not pursued.

It is not necessary to show all three of the above, and it would be impossible do so. You are only required to provide information showing one of the above scenarios fits your case. When you are able to do that, you are eligible for having your record expunged. But, remember that there will still be certain entities that have the ability to see your record, so be sure the result will benefit you before taking the steps to ask for your record to be sealed. We can help by looking at the facts of your case, and letting you know the likely end result. If the result meets your needs, we are experienced at filing requests for expungement, and are ready to help you. Call today to see what it takes to have a record expunged, and we will let you know if your case meets the criteria.

For answers to questions about sealing criminal records, 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.

 

What Three Things Are Needed To Expunge A Record?

Maintaining a clean record is important for many reasons. Some jobs perform back ground checks before making offers of employment, and some schools will require you to disclose your arrest record before you can be admitted for classes. Having a criminal record might even prevent you from getting a loan, renting a house, or obtaining certain licenses. Fortunately, there is a legal remedy for this situation, and if you qualify your criminal record can be “wiped clean”. In order to qualify though, you must meet certain requirements. We can help you make the decision as to whether you seek to have your record sealed by looking at the facts of your case and letting you know if the process is available to you.

The procedure for sealing a record is called expungement. Florida law allows an individual to make the request for expungement of a criminal recorded under the following three circumstances:

  • The charges against you were never filed, even though you were arrested.
  • The charges were dismissed after having been filed.
  • You were found not guilty.

Successfully completing all of the terms of probation will also allow you to expunge the charges. A word of caution about expungement is in order though, because there are circumstances where the record will still be visible. If you are seeking federal employment, or applying for a job in law enforcement, the governmental agencies in charge of hiring for those positions will be able to see your record. Because the goal of expunging your record is to keep it hidden from view, it is important to know if the desired result is possible. If you have charges you want to have expunged from your criminal record, call us to see if you qualify. We will review your case and let you know what course of action is best for you.

For answers to questions about expunging records, 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.

Expect These Three Things From An Expungement

The mistakes of our youth should not follow us into adult life. Think about all of the wrong turns you may have made as a child, and how those mistakes would impact you today. Every little white lie you told as a teen, or every bad decision made during college could mean the difference between getting a job, or being passed over for another candidate. This is why it is so important to take steps to expunge your criminal record whenever possible. You can do this trough a legal mechanism called expungement, but there are some limitations.

To get your records expunged you will be required to file a motion asking the Court to enter an order of expungement. If you are successful, these are the three things you can expect for your future:

  • Your public record will no longer have any reference to the charges filed against you.
  • Police and other governmental agencies may still have access to the information. This becomes important if you are applying for a job with the government, or trying to get into the military.
  • An expungement is not the same thing as a dismissal of the charges against you; it is simply a removal of those charges from public viewing. A dismissal is one of the ways to qualify to have the record expunged, but that is a separate legal matter than the expungement itself. Unless you ask for a dismissed case to be expunged, your record will still reflect the case, with the notation that it was dismissed.

When deciding whether to seek expungement, it is important to know what to expect. It is also important to know if you qualify for expungement, so that you make the request only in cases where it is appropriate to do so. The most common types of cases people seek to expunge are DUI and traffic case. This is because those types of cases can remain on your record indefinitely, and can also contribute to the possibility of landing you on the habitual traffic offender list. In both instances, your right to drive can be severely impacted. To learn if expungement is a viable option for you, call us today.

If you have questions about how to keep your record clean, 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.

The One Major Difference Between Sealing Your Record And Having Charges Expunged

If you have been convicted of a crime, it will show up on your criminal record and this makes it hard to get a job and to do other things that people without records enjoy doing. A lot of people in this situation seek to have the charges expunged, in the hope that the damaging information is not accessible for public viewing. Having records expunged is available in a limited set of circumstances, so it is necessary to understand when you can make the request and what the result of a successful expungement case means for you.

Under  Florida law you have to be able to show that even though you were arrested, no charges were filed or that a not guilty verdict was entered. It is also possible to seek an expungement if the charges against you were eventually dismissed. Any of these three things will permit you to seek an expungement of your record, but an expungement is not the same as having your record sealed. The one major difference between the two is that in an expungement actually eliminates any reference to the case, but sealing a record makes it impossible to view by the general public. Other important things to know about these methods of cleaning up your record include:

  • Only certain types of charges may be expunged from your record.
  • Even if you are successful in keeping damaging information off of your record and out of the public eye, certain law enforcement agencies and officials may still have access to the information.
  • You are limited in the number of times you can have a record expunged.

If you are seeking to have an arrest expunged for the purpose of getting a job, renting an apartment, applying to school, or are seeking a certain type of license, you should speak with a knowledgeable attorney to make sure the result will be the one you want. If you are not eligible for an expungement, going through the process can leave you dissatisfied. Call our office for a review of your case and to learn more about expungement and sealing of records.

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.

Three Requirements For Records Expungement

The storage of data in electronic formatting makes a lot of life’s tasks easier. For instance, when you need a prescription refill in most cases all you have to do is dial the pharmacy and enter some information in the automated system. Or, if you are making a dinner reservation at a favorite restaurant, the only information you need to give in order to secure your spot is the phone number the eatery has on file for you. But not all things are good to keep track of, and your criminal record is one of those things. If you have things on your record you prefer to keep private, you can ask the Court to enter an order of expungement, which will act as a sealing of your record.

However, you can only ask for an expungement in certain circumstances. Specific criteria must be met in order to have your record sealed, and according to Florida law these three things are what are required to obtain an expungement:

  • You have been arrested, but charges were not officially filed against you.
  • A not guilty verdict or finding was entered in the case against you.
  • Any charges that were filed ended up getting dismissed.

You do not have to show each one of these three requirements, any one of them will work. Don’t see something on the list that fits your case? No need to worry right away, you may still be able to have your record expunged. In cases with other circumstances, you can still seek an expungement of your record. A good example of a type of special circumstances case is one where there is no dismissal or not guilty verdict, but rather you resolved your case by going on probation. If you were successful on probation, and at the end of the term received a reduction in the charges against you, expungement remains a possibility. In order to determine if you are eligible for expungement, and if doing so would be beneficial to you, a careful legal analysis of your case must be performed. Our team of criminal defense attorneys has helped countless people with this undertaking, and can help you too! Call our office today for a review of the facts of your case, so you can make a decision that works for you. We will review the charges you want to have expunged, and let you know if you qualify.

 

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.