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Category: Seal or Expunge Criminal Record

Severing Felon in Possession Charges

September 9, 2021 Criminal Defense, Seal or Expunge Criminal Record

In Florida, once you are convicted of a felony, you lose certain rights. The most common right is the right to own or possess a firearm or ammunition. If someone with a felony conviction is found illegally owning a firearm, serious penalties can arise. Additional issues come up when this charge is tried with another charge, like possession of a …

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Florida’s New Mugshot Law: Can You Get Your Mugshot Removed from the Internet?

July 14, 2021 Criminal Defense, Seal or Expunge Criminal Record

Florida’ new mugshot law[1] came into effect on July 1, 2021 and provides Floridians with mugshots a remedy and means to fight against companies who post their mugshots online without consent. This new law requires that companies who publish mugshots remove the photos if requested by the person depicted in the photograph. If the company does not remove the photograph …

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An Overview of Florida’s Clemency Process: Everything You Need to Know About Pardoning Your Criminal Conviction

June 29, 2021 Criminal Defense, Seal or Expunge Criminal Record


What is Clemency in Florida? Florida’s Constitution allows the Governor the executive power of clemency.[1] Clemency is defined as “the constitutionally authorized process by which the Governor, may with the approval of two members of the Cabinet, grant full or conditional pardons, restore civil rights, commute punishment, and remit fines and forfeitures for offenses.”[2] Alongside granting clemency, the Governor also …

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What Charges can be Sealed or Expunged in Florida?

April 14, 2020 Seal or Expunge Criminal Record

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**The information on this page is for informational purposes. This area of criminal defense is not practiced by the attorneys at Pumphrey Law. Please click here to locate an attorney in your area.** Sealing and expunging of records in the state of Florida is a statutory mechanism that prevents public access to records pertaining to a criminal history and the …

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Can you Get a Reckless Driving Expunged in Florida?

February 21, 2020 Seal or Expunge Criminal Record reckless driving, seal and expunge

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If you have been arrested for or accused of a Reckless Driving Charge in Florida it will likely appear as part of your criminal record. This means that when a background check is performed a record of that accusation or arrest will show up. This applies even if there has never been a conviction for reckless driving. In some situations, …

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Removing Mugshots from the Internet

April 17, 2019 News & Announcements, Seal or Expunge Criminal Record mugshots, online mugshots, removing mugshots from internet

In the social media era of today, your online reputation is forever. Unfortunately, mugshots have become a big part of that reputation in recent years as more and more online companies attempt to profit off the dissemination of such information across the web. Mugshots can be embarrassing and humiliating, sometimes even costing you a job, because they imply that the …

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Diversion in Florida DOES NOT clear your record!

January 24, 2019 Criminal Defense, Pretrial Diversion, Seal or Expunge Criminal Record expunge, pretrial diversion, seal

Pretrial Diversion in Florida Receiving a “written arrest” in Florida creates a criminal record. If an officer gets your information and leaves you with paperwork, YOU HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD. I receive weekly calls from Tallahassee college students. The same students who are now being denied jobs because of a simple “minor in possession charge” here in Tallahassee, Florida. Persons …

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How Do I Know if I have a Criminal Record?

September 12, 2018 Criminal Defense, Seal or Expunge Criminal Record background check, criminal defense, criminal record

“How do I know if I have a record?  I got arrested once and they dropped the case so I don’t have a record . . . right?”   Answer: WRONG.  The only way to truly know whether YOU have a record is to contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement through the Federal Crime Information Center (run by the FBI …

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The Myth of Expungement

September 5, 2017 Seal or Expunge Criminal Record

Expungement, or Sealing of a record, is commonly musunderstood by unknowing students and parents, “the case was dropped, it’s off my/your/his/her record” The Myth of expungement in Florida revolves, in part, around programs like “diversion”, “Pre-Trial Intervention”, “my case was dropped” or “No Information” and any other term or coined phrase that indicates a favorable disposition of an arrest (including …

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