Sealing and Expungement
If you have ever been in a job interview, then chances are you have had to answer the question, “Have you ever been arrested?” Because of how prominent the internet is today, along with the fact that all Florida records are made public that will most likely be a rhetorical question. If you have ever been arrested, whether or not the charges were dropped or a jury found you “Not Guilty,” your arrest is still public record. You can explain what happened and how nothing came of the charges, but it still might be something you want eliminated from your record.
A way to do this is to have your record sealed. This means that record will be confidential and the public will not have access to it. However, certain governmental or related entities will have access to all of the information contained in the sealed record. Once your record is sealed, with very few exceptions, you can then legally deny or fail to acknowledge that the arrest ever happened. After your record has been sealed for a period of time you may be eligible to have it expunged. Unlike having your record sealed, when your record is expunged, most of the entities which would have access to a sealed record would only be told that your record was expunged and would not have access to it without a court order. As with sealing, once your record is expunged, with very few exceptions, you can then legally deny or fail to acknowledge that the arrest ever happened.
However, remember that you can only have your record sealed if the court withheld the adjudication of guilt or expunged if your case was dismissed. This means that if you were convicted then you can NOT ever have your record sealed or expunged. For this reason, it is always important to have an attorney with you when you are in court. Here at Gans Law, we have plenty of experience in sealing and expunging records and can help you with what can be a very complicated and important task.
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