One brush with the criminal justice system can have a devastating effect on your future. It can prevent you from obtaining a job, a promotion, a license, housing, and many other opportunities. Perhaps the charges against you were dropped, adjudication was withheld, or you were found not guilty. Nonetheless, you may be surprised to learn that the arrest still appears in criminal background searches.
Florida law allows individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements to seal or expunge their criminal history record. Once a criminal history record is sealed or expunged, it no longer appears in criminal background searches and you are legally entitled to deny the incident on job and other applications. Record accesibility and required disclosure may still apply in certain situations, such as when applying for a job in law enforcement or social services.
If you or someone you know is interested in sealing or expunging their criminal record, contact the Offices of Benjamin & Melmer for a free consultation.