Do you need to seal or expunge criminal records in Florida? The Orlando criminal defense attorneys at Dicembre & Nace frequently receive calls from individuals who have been charged with a crime in the past and now are having difficulty finding employment, enrolling in school or getting approved for housing. These problems exist even when an individual's past criminal history occurred many years ago even though that person has never been in trouble with the law since.
Our Orlando Seal and Expunge Lawyers understand the frustration of our clients who do not understand why one past mistake continues to complicate their life even after the case was resolved and/or, in some cases, dismissed.
For those who are currently experiencing difficulties in their daily life due to the existence of a criminal record, there is potentially good news. Depending on how your case was resolved, Florida law allows you to have your Florida criminal record cleared by filing a 'Petition to Seal' or a 'Petition to Expunge.'
The seal and expunge lawyers at Dicembre & Nace will be more than happy to meet with you regarding your criminal record and determine whether you qualify to have your record sealed or expunged. For most practical purposes, having your record sealed or expunged will prevent potential private employers or entities from seeing your record or becoming aware of its existence although both a sealed record and an expunged record may be available to certain law enforcement agencies.
The primary difference between an expunged record and a sealed record is that an expunction results in the physically destruction of all but one copy of your criminal record, which is maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). When a record is sealed, courts and law enforcement agencies are prohibited from acknowledging their existence or divulging their contents to the public.
You may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged if:
You may be eligible to have your criminal record sealed if:
The Process to have a record sealed or expunged can be a lengthy and technical one. The initial application must be filled out correctly, a 'Certificate of Eligibility' must be obtained, a petition and supporting affidavit must be filed and served on all parties who have a record of your case. If any of the above is not done correctly or within the proper time, the Court may deny your petition. Therefore, we recommend you consult with a lawyer who has experience getting records sealed or expunged in order to ensure the process is completed correctly from the first time.
The Orlando Seal and Expunge Attorneys at our law firm believe that one mistake should not ruin your life and, if possible, we are committed to helping you get your criminal record sealed or expunged. If you have a prior criminal record in Orlando, Winter park, Kissimmee or anywhere in Central Florida wish to have that record sealed or expunged, contact the Central Florida Seal and Expunge Attorneys at Dicembre & Nace today at (407) 649-1999 for your free consultation.
We service Orange County, Seminole County, Brevard County, Lake County, Osceola County and Volusia County.