How Expungements & Record Sealing Work

Criminal records can haunt people for the rest of their lives. If you’ve been convicted of a crime, any potential employer or landlord could conduct a background check and see you were, at one point, arrested and convicted of a crime. Most would consider a criminal record a potential disaster waiting to happen, regardless of whether or not you are likely to commit another crime in the future. However, some people might be eligible for a criminal record expungement or seal.

A sealed criminal record is placed under highly restricted access, while an expunged record is removed from record systems or files and destroyed. Sealing a record is available for people who have been acquitted of a crime or if adjudication was withheld if they meet precise specifications. There are some crimes that would prevent your record from being sealed even if you weren’t convicted. A full list of crimes that prevent people from sealing their records is available on the Florida Legislature site here. Many of them are violent or dangerous crimes, including some of the following:

  • Arson
  • Sexual battery
  • Homicide
  • Robbery
  • Drug trafficking

Expungements, on the other hand, completely remove criminal records from public view and restricted view. People who were arrested and whose charges were dismissed before trial might be eligible for expungement. If you meet this criteria, you must also have no other convictions on your record and no other Florida cases expunged or sealed.

If you’re interested in seeing if you qualify to have your records sealed or expunged, the best way to find out is to speak with an experienced Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyer. Hager & Schwartz, P.A. are dedicated to helping our clients defend their rights and freedom. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (386) 693-1637 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation with us today!