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Get A Fresh Start By Expunging Or Sealing Your Criminal Record

If you have been charged with a crime in the state of Florida, that record does not have to follow you around for the rest of your life. If a person was charged with an offense, but there was no conviction, they might be eligible to have their criminal record sealed. A big benefit to having a sealed criminal record is that, in some situations, it is legal for an applicant with a sealed or expunged record to answer “No” when they are asked if they have ever been charged with a criminal offense.

Below, you’ll find answers to some common questions about sealing and expungement. After reading, you can contact Janet E. Johnson, P.A., by calling 904-820-3455 and discuss your case with an attorney in a free consultation.

Will the record completely disappear?

Sealing or expunging a criminal record restricts access to the information so that it would not be visible to most people/organizations conducting a background check. However, it does not make it totally “disappear.” Sealed and expunged records are still accessible by certain employers, including the judicial system and law enforcement agencies.

Can a record of a conviction be sealed or expunged?

Unfortunately, sealing and expungement of records is not available for any charges for which the person was convicted. It is primarily for individuals who have had a run-in with the criminal justice system (arrest and/or charges) that were ultimately dropped or otherwise didn’t end in a conviction.

Can juvenile crime records be expunged or sealed?

Juveniles can have their records automatically expunged at the age of either 24 or 26, depending on the charges. If a juvenile has charges that are dismissed, they can petition to have records sealed.

Talk To An Attorney About Your Legal Options For Free

Sealing and expungement are tools for those who are eligible, but determining eligibility can be confusing, and the application process can be complex and time-consuming. For more detailed information and to find out whether your case can be sealed or expunged, contact Janet E. Johnson, P.A., for a free initial consultation. Just call 904-820-3455 or reach out online.