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Two Reasons To Clear Your Record

Being arrested for a crime is something that can follow you around for a lifetime, and have negative implications on several areas of your life. This can make it hard to get a job, rent an apartment, get into school, or maybe even buy a car. Your criminal record contains information about the crimes you have been arrested for, but there are things you can do to have those things removed from your record. Asking for an expungement can help you down the road for years to come, and is well worth the effort if you qualify for an order of expungement.

To determine if you qualify for an expungement you first need to know the outcome of cases against you. If you had a case dismissed, you will qualify for an expungement of… Continue reading

Three Good Reasons To Have Your Record Cleared

Having a clean criminal record does more than just help you get a job, it can also help with small things like paying less for car insurance or renting a house. If you have been arrested and are worried about the impact it has on your future, we want you to know your options. There are instances where you can ask the Court to clear the charges from your record, and doing so can be beneficial in a number of ways.

Florida law provides for a process called expungement, which is sort of like sealing your criminal record. The end result is that in certain cases the notation of the arrest and charges will be removed from your record, making it impossible for a person performing a public search to see the information. If you were arrested but no charges were ever filed,… Continue reading

Four Ways To Clear Your Criminal Record

Having a criminal record can prevent you from doing a lot of things in life. You might be turned down for a job, denied admission to school, or even be made to pay a higher insurance rate if you have a record. So it is good to know that, depending on the type of charges, you might be eligible to have your record cleared. The legal term is expungement, and in order to get an order of expungement certain requirements must be met. In order to find out if you qualify, it is best to have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney review your case.

Four ways to clear your criminal record, through a request for an expungement, according to Florida law include:

  • No charges were filed against you, even though you were arrested. If that is the case, you can ask the… Continue reading

The Two Biggest Benefits To Clearing Your Criminal Record

Once you have been arrested and charged with a crime, the possibility that you will have a permanent criminal record becomes very real. People with criminal records can have a hard time getting jobs, applying for school, or obtaining certain licenses. These problems can follow you far into your future, but there are things you can do to have the charges removed from your record. If that is your choice, there is some important information to know about how an expungement works and whether you qualify for the process. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help you with this type of proceeding.

The first step in the process is to figure out if you are eligible for an expungement. You will qualify to seek an expungement for one of two reasons. The first way is if you had the case against you dismissed… Continue reading

Three Ways To Keep Your Record Clean

Having a clean criminal record can help you get into school, get a job, rent an apartment, and can also help keep your auto insurance rates low. But if you have a rap sheet that follows you around wherever you go, doing these things becomes more difficult. Not only can it be hard to apply for certain jobs and licenses, but if you have a criminal record you will probably be subjected to intense questioning at even a routine traffic stop. In order to avoid these hassles, you should take the steps required to clear your record if you are eligible to do so.

Florida law allows for an expungement of criminal charges in certain circumstances. Three things to check for if you are interested in having your record expunged are:

Three Requirements To Clear Your Record

Having a criminal record can prevent you from getting certain jobs, or getting into the school of your choice. Charges on your record can even prevent you from renting a house or apartment, or receiving favorable loan terms. So if you have a record and are eligible to have it expunged, you should take the legal steps required to have the charges removed from public viewing. Expungement does not work in every instance, and there are some criteria that must be met before you can obtain an order of expungement.

Under Florida law these three requirements have been put in place in order for a defendant to seek expungement of their record:

  • An arrest was made, but the authorities never formally filed charges against you.
  • Charges were filed, but you were found not guilty.
  • Charges were filed, but were later dismissed.

It is not… Continue reading

Three Important Facts About Expungement

Having a criminal record can make certain things more difficult in life. You would expect to have a hard time obtaining a firearm license if you have a criminal record, but did you know a record can also play a part in what type of housing you qualify for, or even the premiums you pay for auto insurance? The simple truth is that having a criminal record impacts ore areas of your life than you might expect, so if you are able to have your record cleared you should take the steps necessary to make a clear record a reality. The circumstances under which you can have your record expunged are limited, so it is a good idea to go over your case with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to find out if you qualify.

Under Florida law you are eligible for an expungement… Continue reading

Three Ways To Seal A Criminal Record

In today’s digital age, there is an electronic footprint for just about everything you do. In some cases this can be helpful, like when you are directed to a favorite website faster because your computer’s browser “remembers” your search history. In other instances having a record of your past history is not so good. A good example of when having a record can do more harm than good is when the record in question is a criminal record. Having a criminal record can prevent you from getting a job, renting a house, or getting a loan. This is why it is important to take steps to erase your record, when it is something the law permits you to do.

Florida law sets forth certain circumstances under which a criminal record can be sealed, the three ways to seal a record are:

The Short List Of What You Can Expect From Sealing Your Record

We all make mistakes, and it is a shame when those mistakes follow us from young adulthood for our entire lives. Criminal charges that remain on your record can impact your ability to get a job or certain licenses at some future point. One thing you can do to avoid these undesirable consequences is to seek expungement of the charges from your record. Expungement is a legal mechanism that works to seal your record from public view, which gives you a fresh start when job seeking or applying to college.

In order to have a record expunged you must undertake certain steps. Among the steps to have your record expunged are filing a motion for expunction, and presenting evidence in support of that motion. If successful, you can expect these things:

  • The notation of the charge will not be publicly visible.
  • Certain law enforcement and… Continue reading

Three Reasons You Can Expunge A Criminal Record

Nowadays there are records of everything; from your prescription history to how many times last month you got a massage or haircut. Some records are harmless, but others can create real problems in your everyday life. A criminal record can make it hard to get a job, a loan, to rent an apartment, or even a car rental. But, there is good news! In certain instances you can wipe the slate clean and have the evidence of a criminal past erased from your record.

The circumstances for an expungement are limited, and to figure out if you qualify a consultation with a criminal defense attorney is beneficial. Under Florida law you will qualify to seek expungement of your record in any of the following instances:

● Charges were never filed, even if you were arrested.

● Charges were filed, but later dismissed.

● The result… Continue reading