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If you have an arrest in your past and want to keep it private, or if you are seeking a new job or educational opportunities, you may want to have your criminal record sealed or expunged.
Florida provides public access to criminal history records, so anyone with access to the internet is able to retrieve public data, including your criminal history information. Criminal history is defined as a record that is created when a subject is arrested and fingerprinted. It contains the disposition of the charge, including whether it’s a conviction, acquittal, dismissal of charges before trial, or any other disposition.
In order to prevent your criminal record from adversely affecting your career, educational and housing opportunities, it is important to hire an attorney help you expunge or seal your criminal record.
Call the Pumphrey Law today at (850) 681-7777 for a consultation on sealing or expunging your criminal record. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to sealing and expunging criminal records, and represent individuals throughout northern Florida, including Tallahassee in Leon County, Bristol in Liberty County, Crawfordville in Wakulla County, Monticello in Jefferson County, and Quincy in Gadsden County. An experienced Tallahassee criminal defense attorney can help you take the important next steps in regaining your future.
Everyone can make mistakes, and having your criminal history sealed can give you a second chance. Your criminal charge will not longer be available as a public record. Additionally, with your criminal record sealed or expunged, you may be legally permitted to deny or choose not to acknowledge any prior arrests you may have when applying for certain jobs, housing, or educations. However, you must disclose your prior criminal record in the following situations:
You may be eligible to seal or expunge your criminal record if:
In addition to the prior factors, an application for sealing or expunging your criminal record will be denied if you were found guilty, or pled guilty or no contest to any of the following offenses, including, but not limited to:
Even if you are ineligible to seal or expunge your criminal record, you still may be able to vacate your conviction through a Rule 3.850 post-conviction motion.
In order to expunge your criminal record, your case must have been resolved without a guilty plea, you had no prior criminal history sealed or expunged, and you must have applied for and received a certificate of eligibility to have your record expunged.
In order to seal your criminal record, you must have never previously sealed or expunged a criminal record, not entered a plea of guilty or no contest, not be found guilty by the court, never been convicted of any other criminal offense, and must have applied for and received a certificate of eligibility to have your record sealed.
In typical situations, juvenile records are automatically expunged once the offender turns 24 years old. However, there are exceptions, including:
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
P.O. Box 1489
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
Phone: (850) 410-7870
If you have been charged with a drug offense in Leon County, Tallahassee, contact the attorneys at Pumphrey Law to discuss the facts of your particular case. There may be options to seal or expunge your criminal record, and finding an experienced attorney who is familiar with Florida laws is your best option to reach a desirable outcome in your situation. Contact us at (850) 681-7777 for a free consultation about sealing or expunging your criminal record.
This article was last updated October 22, 2016.
Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don has achieved over 100 not guilty verdicts at trial and over 2,000 dismissals.
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