If you have ever entered your name in a Google search you are probably surprised at the information that comes up on the list. Even though you think your personal information is private, there are plenty of pieces of information that find their way to the internet. If you don’t mind having your private life made public, this may not bother you. But, if you prefer to maintain some form of privacy, it will be important for you to learn how to keep damaging data off of your criminal record. So, if you have been arrested for a crime, you should take action to see if the information can be removed from public viewing. The process that allows you to do this is called an expungement, and it can have long lasting benefits.

One benefit to having your records expunged is along the lines mentioned above, sometimes it is all about your privacy. But there are other reasons you might ask a Court to expunge a criminal record, and here are the top five of those reasons:

  • Some schools and employers ask if you have a record, and being able to check the “no” box can boost your chances of admission or of being hired.
  • Certain types of licenses are only available to those without a record.
  • Some landlords will not rent an apartment or house to a person with a record.
  • Sometimes your chances of getting a loan can be impacted if you have a criminal record.
  • Even the rate you pay for insurance can vary when you have a record.

Our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys can handle preparing and filing the necessary documents that ask the Court to seal your record from public viewing. But keep in mind that some law enforcement agencies will still have access to your record, so be sure that the result you are likely to get meets your needs. We can explain the process to you, and let you know what options are available to you. Call us today to find out more, and let us help you determine whether you should seek an expungement of your record.

If you questions about how to clear your record, 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.