When you are arrested for a crime there are several things you need to resolve in order to take back your life. Satisfactory resolution of the charges against is the number one priority, and usually involves staying out of jail. This can be accomplished by presenting an effective defense, or through skilled negotiation for a reduction in the charges. The approach taken depends on the particular facts of your case, and the type of case against you. Qualified criminal defense attorneys review your case and determine which type of strategy will work best for you. Once your case is over, your concern should shift to what you can do to clear your criminal record, if one resulted. Having a clean record helps you to get better rates on loans, rent an apartment or home, and get a job. In order to wipe the slate clean, you can seek an expungement of your record.
To qualify for an expungement of your criminal record under Florida law the following four facts must be examined:
● There was an arrest, but no charges filed.
● If charges were filed, they were later dismissed.
● Any trial of the cases against you ended in a not guilty verdict.
● For cases where probation was the result, all terms were complied with and all fines have been paid.
Keep in mind a request for expungement does not automatically result in the sealing of your criminal record. You are required to present your case to the Court for approval prior to an order of expungement being entered. Even then, there are certain instances where the information is still visible. For example, if you are seeking an expungement in order to get a job it is important to know that some employers still have access to your records. This is true in instances of governmental employment, and before asking the Court to expunge your record you should know if the result will be beneficial. To learn if expungement is the answer to your needs, call our office.
If you have been arrested and want to have your criminal record sealed, call our office to learn your options. Schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.