Our Tampa criminal record lawyers realize that if you have ever been arrested for a crime in Florida, you have a Florida criminal record. This means, even if the criminal charges were dropped or not filed by the State Attorney, you still have a Florida criminal background. Hiring an experienced Tampa criminal record attorney is crucial. A Florida criminal background can follow you forever and can have serious consequences on your future. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. Under Florida law, you may be able to have your Florida criminal record sealed or your Florida criminal record expunged. The Tampa seal and expunge attorneys at Anton Castro Law can help.
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Sealing or Expunging your Florida criminal record prevents most private employers from viewing your Florida criminal background. Under Florida Statute 943.045, when you seal your Florida criminal history record, the Florida criminal record is preserved, but it is inaccessible to the public. Once you seal your Florida criminal background, only people that have a legal right to your Florida record can access it. Once you expunge your Florida criminal history record, the Florida court orders the destruction of your Florida criminal record. Only the Florida Department of Law Enforcement keeps a copy of your Florida criminal record when it is expunged. Hiring the Tampa seal and expunge law firm of Anton Castro Law to assist you in this complex process is the first step in the right direction.
Florida Criminal Record Sealing Requirements
- The Florida case did not result in a Florida criminal conviction. Either the Florida conviction was withheld (withhold adjudication) or the Florida criminal defendant was acquitted after a trial (found not guilty).
- You have never been been convicted of a criminal offense (felony, misdemeanor, and certain driving offenses) or adjudicated delinquent for a riminal offense listed in Florida Statute Section 943.051.
- You have never had your criminal record expunged or seal before (in Florida or any other state).
- There are certain Florida charges that may not be sealed. For a list of Florida’s disqualifying charges, see Florida Statute Section 907.041.
- You must go through Florida’s Criminal Record Sealing Process.
If you have your Florida Criminal record sealed, our Tampa expunge lawyers may be able to expunge your Florida Criminal record later. To expunge a withheld conviction or acquittal in Florida, you must have your Florida criminal record sealed for 10 years prior to expunging your Florida criminal background.
Florida’s Procedure to Seal or Expunge a Criminal Record
In order to seal or expunge a criminal record in Florida, you must go through Florida’s Criminal Record Sealing or Expunging Process:
- Apply to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a Certificate of Eligibility. To determine if you are eligible for this certificate, you may want to obtain a Florida Criminal Background Check through the Florida Department of Law enforcement.
- If the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issues the Certificate of Eligibility, you will need to file a petition, affidavit, order, Certificate of Eligibility, and any other required documents with the court to obtain the Florida record seal or to expunge your Florida criminal record.
- Once the Florida judge signs the order sealing the Florida criminal history or expunging the Florida criminal record, the Florida Order to Seal or the Florida Order to Expunge the Criminal Record must be sent to the agencies that have the Florida criminal record.
- Note: In some Florida record sealing cases, there will be a hearing on the petition to seal or expunge the Florida criminal history, but this is not the normal procedure for sealing a Florida criminal record.
If you are interested in having a Tampa criminal record sealed or expunged, contact the Tampa criminal record attorneys at Anton Castro Law . They understand the importance of your privacy, and your desire to prevent others from viewing your criminal record. Call Anton Castro Law at (813) 907-9807 or request a free consultation.