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Expungement & Record Sealing in Florida

Learn if You Qualify from Our Jacksonville Expungement Lawyers

An expungement or a sealing of your criminal record will make a difference on job applications. It is important your criminal case is evaluated to see if you qualify. If you are trying to move on with your life, but your past is not letting you, the Jacksonville expungement attorneys at The Law Offices of Kate Mesic, P.A. can help you get your life back by helping you get your criminal record sealed or expunged.

Many people simply do not know that once they are arrested, the police report and court records are a public record. This means that anyone can go online or to the courthouse and see these documents. Even after your case is dismissed or a not guilty verdict, the record remains public.

Call our expungement lawyers in Jacksonville at (904) 615-8950 for a free initial consultation.

Protect Your Future by Sealing Your Criminal Record

Under Florida law, once the record is sealed or expunged, you simply do not need to acknowledge any arrests covered by the sealed or expunged record.

The process, however, can be lengthy and requires precision. Our Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys will help you every step of the way. A safe estimate of the entire process would be between six and seven months, before your record is no longer available to the general public. Since expungement has an extra step of getting the application approved through the State Attorney’s Office, the expungement process can take longer.

Qualifications for Expungement & Record Sealing

Similar to the conditions applicable to those applying for the sealing of their criminal record, those who seek to get their criminal record expunged:

  • Must have no prior convictions
  • The charge in question must be dropped, dismissed, Nolle prosequi (be unwilling to pursue, or no information filed. Call us to discuss your case, and we will help you determine if you qualify to apply for an expungement

If you have ever been adjudicated guilty (convicted as an adult) of a criminal offense, including a criminal traffic offense, such as DUI, or DWLS, criminal ordinance violation, misdemeanor, or felony, you will not qualify for having your record sealed or expunged.

Further, the State of Florida allows only “one bite at the apple,” meaning you can only petition once in your lifetime to seal or expunge your record, unless the judge determines that an additional arrest was directly related to the original arrest.

Sealing vs. Expunging a Criminal Record

When a record is sealed, the public will no longer have access to the record through the government databases. For purposes of employment background checks, this means most employers will not have access to the information. However, please be aware that city, county, state, and federal government agencies will continue to have access to your criminal record.

There are circumstances where you still must acknowledge an arrest, however. You cannot deny or fail to acknowledge the arrest if you are applying to change your immigration status, are a defendant in a criminal case or are applying for any of the following: a job with a criminal justice agency, contract with, or license by the Department of Children and Family Services, a job with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Education, any district school board, any university laboratory school, and charter school, any private or parochial school, or any local governmental entity that licenses child care facilities; or for use by such contractor or licensee in a sensitive position having direct contact with children, the developmentally disabled, the aged, or the elderly; or a job with or access to a seaport, or admission to The Florida Bar; or petitioning to seal or expunge.

To learn more about your options, contact The Law Offices of Kate Mesic at (904) 615-8950 today.

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