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Can I get my criminal record expunged in Florida?

One thing you may find out by having a criminal record is it typically is not something you only deal with for a short-term. Whether you have been arrested or convicted, or even both, you will at some point realize these actions can follow you for some time.

Some of the difficulties and consequences you may face can include employers not hiring you or landlords not wanting to rent to you. However, instead of having to deal with frustrations like this for a long period of time, you may be able to get the arrest or conviction removed from your record through expungement.

What is expungement?

When you have your record expunged, it means you are completely destroying your arrest and conviction records. Records can also be sealed, meaning they are not available for public viewing, but certain agencies can access them. One thing to keep in mind, an expungement cannot happen just by asking for it. There are eligibility guidelines that must be followed before an expungement in Florida is granted. The process will require legal assistance, so it is best to speak with an attorney who can work with you on your criminal record expungement.

Benefits of expungement

Besides the aforementioned problems with getting hired or renting an apartment, there are certainly other benefits to having your record expunged that include:

  • If you currently have or want to attain a professional license or certificate, an expungement will allow you to keep or have the ability to receive your license.
  • An expungement can have a positive effect on your credit rating which can help with loans or securing a mortgage.
  • If you have an expungement, you can legally state on a job application that you have never been convicted of a crime. However, there are several instances you are required to disclose an arrest, such as applying for a criminal justice agency, working with children and the disabled or working at a seaport. Speak with your attorney about the full list of exceptions. 

Expungements are not available to everyone, there can be many criminal offenses that are ineligible for expungement. It is best to speak with an attorney about everything that is involved with an expungement, from eligibility to benefits.

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