Sealing and Expunging Criminal Arrest Records Statewide In Florida

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What is pre-trial diversion or pre-trial intervention?

By smradmin

Pretrial diversion or pretrial intervention are programs that are usually given to first time offenders (depending on the offense - the more serious the offense, the less likely the offender will be offered these programs) to enable the offender to avoid taking a plea on a criminal case and ultimately have the case dismissed. It's like giving you a 2nd chance to keep a clean record which is important in today's world.

 

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Do I have to wait a certain amount of time after my case is closed to begin the sealing or expungement process?

By smradmin

No.Many people think they have to wait a certain amount of time before they can seal or expunge a case. That is not correct. Once the case is closed and you are not under court supervision (house arrest, probation, etc.) you can immediately begin the  sealing or expungement process.

 

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Can an open petit theft case be sealed or expunged?

By smradmin

No. If the petit theft case is currently open or you are under court supervision like probation, house arrest, community control, etc. you have to wait until the case is closed and you are off court supervision before the case can be sealed or expunged.

 

Once the case is closed, we can immediately start the sealing or expungement process.

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Can a sale and possession of marijuana charge be sealed or expunged?

By smradmin

Yes, drug charges are one of the most common types of cases that are sealed and expunged in the State of Florida. You will qualify to seal or expunge your marijuana case/charge as long as you were not convicted for the charge and you have never been convicted of any other criminal offense.

 

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Can a civil or non-criminal case be sealed or expunged?

By smradmin

Yes. Florida law does allow the sealing of a civil case as long as the need for confidentiality is shown. In a recent case, I was contacted by a person who had 2 civil domestic violence injunctions cases that he wanted to seal because they were affecting his employment and personal life. In that case, both the person who filed the injunction and the person whom the injunction was against wanted the cases sealed. It certainly helped that the petition to seal both cases was a joint petition and unobjected to.

 

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Can SealMyRecord.Com seal or expunge a case for me outside of Florida?

By smradmin

Unfortunately, no. We are a Florida law firm only as Attorney Nicolas Babinsky is only licensed in Florida. We do not accept seal and expunge cases and farm out the work to anyone else. We do all our own work unlike many online seal and expunge websites you see on internet who will take your case,, take your money,  and farm out the work to another lawyer.

 

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Can I seal/expunge my record or case in Florida if I live out of state?

By smradmin

Yes. If you retain the services of an attorney, you will likely not have to appear for the final seal/expunge hearing in person. Your attorney (us) will appear on your behalf.

 

SealMyRecord.Com can seal or expunge your case in any county in Florida. You do not have to be present in the county, state or even the country to get your case sealed or expunged. We have sealed and expunged many cases for tourists, students, people who have moved, etc. who have been arrested while living or visiting Florida.

 

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Does a criminal record in Florida go away after 7 years?

By smradmin

I get alot of calls regarding this "7" year magic number. This is a myth. If you have a criminal record it does not go away automatically after 7 (seven) years whether you were convicted or not.

 

If you have been convicted (adjudicated guilty) of a crime, it will never go away. A conviction for (misdemeanor or felony) will follow you for the rest of your life or/if the law changes. Also, if convicted for any criminal offense, you will not qualify to seal or expunge any other case.

 

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Can a judge deny my petition to seal or expunge if I was convicted for a crime after the one I am seeking to seal or expunge?

By smradmin

I received this question from a potential client in 2011. The court denied his petition to expunge a case.

 

FACTS: 

He was arrested for petit theft in 2005 and the charges were dropped. In 2007 he was arrested for DUI and he ended up being found guilty after a jury trial. He wanted to expunge the petit theft from 2005 which was dropped before the conviction for the DUI. The question is whether a person can seal or expunge a case that they were not convicted for if that case happened before another case for which they were convicted?

 

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Can I be turned down by a judge for a sealing or an expungement in Florida even if I legally qualify?

By smradmin

The short answer is yes. To legally qualify for a sealing or expungement essentially means that the FDLE has reviewed your application to seal or expunge, approved it, and granted you a CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY. Having the FDLE issue a certificate of eligibility is typically the biggest hurdle a person faces when sealing or expunging a case in Florida. In 99.5% of the cases if the person obtains a certificate of eligibility, a judge will grant the petition to seal or expunge.

 

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