Record Sealing and Expungement
Why seek sealing or expungement of a criminal record?
Sealing or expungement of your record can help you keep potentially damaging arrests or charges from preventing you from getting a job, a promotion, a scholarship, acceptance into a college or university, a home loan, or an apartment. Once your record is sealed or expunged, you are allowed by law to deny that you have been charged or arrested for that particular crime. There are some exceptions to this rule, so it is best to contact our experienced Jacksonville sealing and expungement attorneys to find out if one of these exceptions applies to your case.
Is there a time limit for sealing a criminal record?
No, but the longer you wait, the more time goes by when certain agencies or other individuals can gain knowledge of your criminal history. Also, there is always the chance that Florida sealing and expungement statutes will change.
Am I a candidate for sealing or expungement?
Most adults and juveniles who have been arrested, were not convicted, and have an otherwise clean record may be eligible for sealing or expungement, with some exceptions. While most crimes can be sealed, there are some charges, even some misdemeanors and many felonies, which may not be able to be sealed or expunged. Out-of-town visitors brought up on charges in Florida must apply in Florida. At your initial consultation, we will review your case and let you know whether you are a candidate to have your record sealed.
How long does the sealing or expungement process take?
On average, the sealing and expungement process takes 6 months or more to complete. Therefore, it is imperative to start the process as soon as you are able. At The Law Office of David P. Trotti, PA, we will walk you through each step and simplify the often-overwhelming paperwork and other bureaucratic requirements associated with getting your record sealed.
Who has access to my criminal record?
Essentially, any entity that wishes to view your criminal history can do so, including:
- Potential employers
- Rental companies
- Credit card companies
- Home lenders
- Mortgage brokers
- Florida colleges and universities
- Local and national law enforcement agencies
- Auto lenders
- Potential business partners
Sealing or expungement of a current charge or prior conviction may make the difference in many situations.Click here to schedule an appointment online or you can reach us directly by phone at 904-399-1616 or via e-mail.