The Importance of Sealing & Expungement of Criminal Records
It wasn’t that long ago that most official applications that you filled out requested you to disclose if you had ever been convicted of a crime.
Nowadays, every application you fill out asks if you have ever been arrested. There are options. Contact Robert Malove to find out how you can have your records sealed.
Unfortunately, all it takes is one error in judgment, one minor indiscretion, or one stupid mistake and the next thing you know is you have a criminal history record.
Employers, banks, landlords, credit card companies, colleges and universities all run background checks. You can’t just stick your head in the sand and pretend that your arrest never happened.
In Florida, the law authorizes judges to withhold adjudication of guilt. When a judge withholds adjudication guilt, it means that there was no formal criminal conviction.
Under these circumstances, a person who had received a withhold of adjudication could legally say under oath, without penalty of perjury that they have no criminal convictions.
Is that good enough? Hardly! Imagine two equally qualified applicants for a new job. The employer must who to decide who to hire.
Each applicant received a second interview, but one candidate has a criminal history record that turned up in a background check of having been arrested for DUI, drug possession, Domestic Violence, shoplifting or some other embarrassing criminal offense, which could have been sealed or expunged.
Who do you think will get hired?
Make sure that you are never in that situation. You need to do whatever you can to protect and safeguard your reputation. Take action to make sure you protect your reputation and get your arrest record sealed and expunged. Was your case dropped? Did you go through a diversion program? Were you on probation? were you found not guilty? What would you do if someone found out about your criminal history and held that against you?
Was your case dropped? Did you go through a diversion program? Were you on probation?
Were you found not guilty? What would you do if someone found out about your criminal history and held that against you?
Sealing and Expungement of criminal records history offers a fresh start, but there are limitations:
- Individuals with a final disposition where their case was dropped, dismissed or where they were found not guilty can immediately apply to have their record expunged.
- Individuals who were not convicted and received a withhold of adjudication as part of the final disposition of their case can get their criminal history records expunged after their cases have been sealed and they have been crime-free for ten years.
- Only individuals who have never been found guilty of any crime are eligible to have expungement of criminal records.
- Sealed and expunged information still exists (often in a sealed court record, which is not accessible to the public) even though it’s been removed from your criminal record.
- For example, police departments, the FBI, immigration officials, and some licensing boards are still privy to expunged information.
Getting a criminal history record sealed and or expunged is no sure thing. Contact the Law Offices of Robert Malove to guide you through the expungement process.