Daytona Beach Sealing and Expungement Lawyer
Expungements & Record Sealing in Volusia County, FL
If you have ever been arrested for a crime, you may be able to have your criminal record sealed or expunged. Even if your case was dismissed or you were never convicted of the charges, your arrest will still remain on your record. Having any type of criminal record can present many obstacles. You may lose out on a good job, you may be denied acceptance into certain colleges or universities, or you may have difficulties applying for loans and other types of financial aid. By taking the steps to get your record sealed or expunged, you can prevent your arrest from further hindering your future.
Difference Between Sealed and Expunged
A sealed criminal record is placed under highly restricted access, while an expunged record is removed from record systems or files and destroyed. When a criminal record is sealed, the public cannot gain access to it. The only people who can access a sealed record are certain government agencies listed in S.943.059(4)(a) of the Florida Statutes.
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:
- Sexual battery
- Drug trafficking
Expungements, on the other hand, completely remove criminal records from public view and restricted view. When a record has been expunged, the same government agencies can still gain access to the record, but they will need to obtain a court order before they can view the information in the record. People who were arrested and whose charges were dismissed before trial might be eligible for expungement. If you meet these criteria, you must also have no other convictions on your record and no other Florida cases expunged or sealed.
Florida Eligibility for Expungement
Not all people will qualify for an expungement, usually because they did not complete the terms of their probation, they committed another offense, or because the crime they are trying to seal or expunge is listed in S.907.041.F.S., which lists offenses that cannot be expunged. A knowledgeable expungement lawyer can review your case to determine if you are eligible for an expungement or record sealing, as well as inform you of which process would best serve your interests. If you are interested in sealing or expunging your criminal record, it’s best to speak with an experienced Daytona Beach expungement attorney as soon as possible.
How Can an Expungement Lawyer in Daytona Beach Help?
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A. our Daytona Beach sealing and expungement lawyers have many years of experience in the Florida criminal system, and have assisted countless clients in expunging or sealing their criminal records. Should you retain our services, you can trust that we will provide you with the resources, guidance, and dedicated legal counsel you need throughout the legal process.
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