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… Continue reading
Having a criminal record can cause you to miss out on a job opportunity, make it hard to get into school, or might even prevent you from being able to rent a car. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, there are things you can do to after the fact to keep your record clean. But not every case is right for an expungement of the record, so before you dive in and ask the Court to seal your record, you should take the steps necessary to determine if you qualify. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help.
Three circumstances that allow you to clear your record under Florida law include the following:
- A dismissal of the charges filed against you. If you were charged, but those charges were later dropped you can ask that your record be cleared of the charges.… Continue reading
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime it is important to take the steps necessary to minimize the impact the arrest has on your criminal record. Once you have a criminal record certain things in life become more difficult. People with long rap sheets are less likely to be able to find a job, rent an apartment, or apply to school. This can leave you with very few options for your future, so if you can have the charges against you dropped or cleared from your record, you should. But before you start, it is important to understand certain legal terms, so you know what type of relief to seek.
There are two ways to have charges against you “disappear”. The first is if you are successful in your defense and the case against you gets dismissed. The second option is to… Continue reading
If you have been arrested and have tried to apply for a job, a loan, or to get into school and have been denied because of the information contained on your criminal record you know just how frustrating it is to not be able to leave the past where it belongs. Having a criminal record prevents you from doing the things mentioned, and could also prevent you from doing other things such as renting a car or apartment, or obtaining certain licenses. If you have been arrested and are interested in clearing your record, you should consider the option of expungement. Expungement is a court order that “seals” your record so it is no longer accessible by the public. There are certain requirements you must meet in order to seek expungement, and it is best to talk things over with a knowledgeable criminal… Continue reading
If you have ever spent any time at the beach you know that you leave a footprint in the sand for every step you take, and that as soon as the tide rolls in your footprint is erased. But in real life it is not as easy to remove all traces of where you have been and what you have done. For instance, if you are arrested for a crime or receive a traffic ticket, there is a record of that event that can be pulled up by the authorities with the click of the mouse. Depending on the severity of the charges, you might find yourself in hot water with the police if you are pulled over for another infraction. However, there are ways you can “erase” previous charges, but you have to qualify for the process. The procedure is referred to as records… Continue reading
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:
- You were arrested, but no charges were ever filed. If that is the case… Continue reading
How many times have you gone online and searched yourself or a friend? Are you surprised at what information turns up on the search, or is it what you expect? If you have ever seen an ad pop up while playing a game on your iPhone, you know that there are services out there that can be used to search individuals. If you don’t want your personal life made public, you should take steps to keep your information private. This is especially true if you have a criminal record. Your past has a tendency to follow you around, but in certain circumstances you can “hide” the information from public viewing. The process is called expungement, and we can help.
Having a criminal record makes it hard to get a job, rent an apartment and maybe even to get the best rates on insurance. If you have been arrested and it is showing up on your record it is a good idea to explore the possibility of having the charges expunged. When a charge is expunged it is no longer visible to the public and can really help you get a fresh start. But there are some requirements you have to meet first, and certain steps you have to take in order to get an order of expungement.
In Florida there are three common arguments made when seeking to have a record expunged. These three things are:
- That you have successfully completed a term of probation and the charges are now reduced.
- You were found not guilty during your court case.
- You were arrested,… Continue reading
Having a criminal record has an impact on your future. We know that everyone makes mistakes, but that those mistakes should not follow you the rest of your days. But in a society full of social media posts and email chains that never get deleted it can be hard to wipe out any trace of things you’ve done in your past. However, in certain criminal case circumstances there is the possibility that you can clear your record and start over with a clean slate. If you qualify you can ask for an expungement of your record, and the charges detailing the mistakes of youth will not go with you as you grow older.
An expungement of your record is available if the charges were dismissed, you were found not guilty, or an arrest was made but the charges never filed. Three ways having the notation… Continue reading
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