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The Four Requirements For Cleaning Up Your Criminal Record

Being arrested for a crime has consequences beyond the initial arrest and outcome of the case. If you are convicted, the arrest will appear on your criminal history record, and this may prevent you from getting a job or certain licenses. When facing criminal charges it is important to not only aggressively defend the case against you, but to also look forward to what your life will be like after the case completes. For some charges, this will include taking steps to expunge the charge from your record. An expungement will give you a clean record, and can help you when applying for school, for a job, or even when trying to buy a home.

In order to have a record expunged, certain requirements must be met. There are four basic requirements according to the… Continue reading

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

Two New Proposals To Expungement Of Juvenile Records

When you are convicted of a crime it stays with you on your criminal record. This is true even for juvenile offenders. Having a record haunt you at such a young age can seriously impact your future because you may be required to report the incident when applying for college, the military, or for a job. Because the State of Florida’s process for maintaining the privacy of juvenile records has long been considered inadequate, changes may be on the way. House Bill 205 was introduced earlier this year and if passed there will be beneficial new laws with regard to expungement of juvenile records.

The bill proposes a lot of things, two of the most important as far as expungement of juvenile records goes include:

  • Reducing the amount of time a person has to wait after turning 21 to seek expungement. Currently the wait… Continue reading

Four Ways To Clear Your Criminal Record

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,… 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

I Can Finally Breathe Again!

Having a criminal record can interfere with your ability to obtain employment and certain other privileges. Without a job it will be difficult to support yourself and your family. The weight of the knowledge that your past follows you around can cause undue stress and anxiety, leading you to settle for less than you deserve. In certain circumstances though, you can get a fresh start and breathe again. If you are eligible to have charges against you erased from your record (expunged), you can face your future with confidence.

The law in Florida that allows a person to wipe the slate clean contains certain requirements. To expunge a criminal record, you must show one of the following:

● An arrest was made, but no charges were ever filed.

● The case against you was dismissed.

● A not guilty verdict was entered.

If you… Continue reading

Three Requirements To Have Your Record Expunged

Having a criminal record can have a negative impact on your life. You might be turned down for a job, to rent an apartment, or when applying to certain schools or for loans. These things can make it hard for you to be productive, and to support yourself. But, in certain instances you can ask for the notation that you have been charged with a crime to be removed from your record, and doing so will give you the clean record you need.

The rules for expunging a record, under Florida law require the following three things:

  • There was an arrest, but no charges were ever filed against you. This might happen if there is insufficient evidence to make the charges “stick”, or you successfully have damaging evidence held out in the case.
  • If charges were filed against you, they were late dismissed. This most… Continue reading

Will My Record Ever Be Clean Again?

happy manHaving a criminal record can make it difficult to obtain employment, credit, and even find a place to live. The good news is that your future doesn’t have to be tainted by a criminal record. You can seek to have damaging information removed from your record. The circumstances under which criminal charges can be expunged from your record are limited, so consultation with a trained criminal defense attorney is a necessity.

You may qualify for an expungement under Florida law if any of these circumstances exist:

● You were arrested, but the charges were never filed after the arrest.

● The charges were dismissed or dropped.

● You were found not guilty at trial0.

● You successfully completed the terms of your probation, and all court costs and fines have been paid in full.

Even if you qualify for an expungement pursuant to the above,… Continue reading

How Can I Clear my Record?

happy ladyAfter a criminal case is over, many people want to take steps to clean their record. A clean record helps when looking for a job, seeking to reinstate driving privileges or when filling out applications for certain types of professional licenses. The way to clear your record of an arrest or charge is by either record sealing or expunction. When asking that your record be sealed or expunged, it is important to use an attorney familiar with the process. The criminal defense attorneys at Ferraro Law Group can help you clear the slate, which will help you reach your goals and plan for a more stable future.

In Florida, expunction, sometimes referred to as expungement of criminal records is available under certain circumstances. The first step is to file a petition making the request that charges are removed from your record. To… Continue reading

How Long Does Your Criminal Record Last?

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I may be able to seal or expunge your record.

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… Continue reading