Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records
Clearing Your Criminal Record
Don't Let One Mistake Follow You For The Rest of Your Life
A criminal record can inhibit potential career opportunities and social relationships, and Sneider Law understands this.
One bad decision should not be allowed to keep you from success. Almost every corporation and organization runs a criminal history check before hiring a new employee, and an arrest record could result in the disqualification of an otherwise desirable applicant.
Florida law offers a legal remedy for certain individuals who have paid their dues to society. Under Florida law, sealing or expunging a criminal record allows a person to legally declare or acknowledge that they have not been arrested or convicted of a particular offense. The privilege of having your criminal record protected from routine background checks by having it sealed or expunged by a judge does not apply to all criminal offenses. In addition, future circumstances may still require you to reveal a sealed criminal record or expungements.
An expunged record results in the physical destruction of all but one copy of your criminal record, which is maintained by FDLE. In Florida, once your record is expunged, your criminal record is effectively destroyed. When a background check is performed, nothing will show up. Even those government and related entities that have access to sealed records cannot access your record without a court order.
When it comes to an application of any type, including an employment application, you can legally answer "no" when asked if you have been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime
A sealed record is concealed from public view and unavailable for public inspection, but can still be physically reviewed by law enforcement. Once your record is sealed you can legally respond that you have never been arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime when asked in an interview, a job application, or any other instance. A sealed record also restores your right to vote, to hold office, and to serve on a jury.
Do not jeopardize your future by failing to legally clear your name and reputation.
For a Sealing or Expungements of a Record consultation with Sneider Law in Okeechobee, Florida, call 863-467-6570
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