Clearing Your Criminal Record in Orlando
Employers, colleges, licensing agencies, landlords, banks and insurance companies all conduct background checks on people. Today, those checks are more extensive than ever before. In the past, job applications usually asked if you were ever convicted of a crime. Today, most applications also ask if you have been arrested or have had adjudication withheld. If your criminal history has been sealed or expunged, you can answer "no," and lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrest.
At The Bigney Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, our lawyers are dedicated to keeping your criminal record as clean as possible so you can have a second chance after a wrongful arrest or error in judgment. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and determine if you are eligible for sealing or expungement of your criminal record.
What is Sealing and Expungement?
Both sealing and expungement remove your criminal history from the public record so you are not tagged with a criminal record every time you apply for a job, rent an apartment, apply for a professional license, buy insurance or apply for a loan.
If your record is sealed, the police department, the clerk of court and state attorney's office are required to make your record non-public. A potential employer would need to obtain a court order allowing them to see the record prior to gaining access to the record. There are very few circumstances where a court will allow a record to be unsealed.
If your record is expunged, the police department and the state attorney's office are ordered to destroy all public records of the arrest.
Am I Eligible for Sealing or Expungement?
In Florida, you are likely eligible for sealing of your criminal record if you received a withhold of adjudication on your case and have never previously been adjudicated guilty of a criminal offense or comparable ordinance violation. You are likely eligible for expungement of your criminal record if the charges were dismissed by the court, dropped by the state or acquitted by a jury (not guilty verdict) and never previously been adjudicated guilty of a criminal offense or comparable ordinance violation.
You are not eligible for sealing or expungement if you have been convicted of a crime or you have received a prior sealing or expungement. You can only have one sealing or expungement in your lifetime.
Free Case Evaluation
To schedule a free sealing or expungement evaluation with an attorney at The Bigney Law Firm, call 407-792-2923 any time of the day or night or fill out our contact form. For your convenience, our office is located in downtown Orlando, Florida, one block behind the courthouse. Se habla Español.