How Long Does Your Criminal Record Last?
Forever. Unfortunately, that possession of alcohol charge that you picked up your freshman year will still show up on your record when you go for that first job interview. One way to put yourself back on an even ground with the guy competing for that job is to seal or expunge your record. If you seal or expunge your record, you can legally say you were never arrested. And for the most part, if you seal or expunge your record, it won’t show up when a prospective employer does a criminal background check. There are some exceptions. For example, if you are applying to work in fields that have contact with children or the elderly (generally schools and hospitals), those industries will still have access even if you seal or expunge your record. Or, if you are trying to get admitted to the Florida Bar, it also will have access even if you seal or expunge your record.While the end result of sealing or expunging your record is very similar, whether you are eligible to seal or expunge your record depends on how your case was resolved.
What makes you eligible to seal expunge your record?
You can expunge your record if you have no prior convictions and you were found Not Guilty, the case was not prosecuted or otherwise dismissed, or it was sealed ten or more years ago.
You are eligible to seal your record if you have no prior convictions and you were not convicted in the instant case. If the Court withholds adjudication, you are still eligible to seal if you are otherwise eligible.
What excludes you from sealing expunging?
You are not eligible to seal or expunge your record if you were convicted of the offense, or any other criminal offense in the past. Additionally, you can never seal or expunge a DUI and certain other crimes set forth in the Florida Statutes. You can only seal or expunge one case in your life (although sometimes multiple cases can be sealed or expunged together if they are related to each other).
Give us a call. We can usually tell you in 5-10 minutes whether or not you are eligible to seal or expunge your record.