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Seal and Expungement

Tampa Attorney to Expunge your Record

Seal or Expunge your Criminal Record

If you have been arrested in Tampa, your arrest can have negative ramifications on all aspects of your life (even if the criminal charges are dropped eventually). It is important to contact an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney who can evaluate your situation to determine if you are eligible to have your Florida criminal record expunged. If you do not qualify to have your criminal record expunged, it may be possible to have your criminal record sealed.

 

Expunge Your Criminal Record

You may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged if the criminal charges were dismissed and you have never been adjudicated guilty of any other crime. See §943.0585, Florida Statutes.

 

Seal Your Criminal Record

You may be eligible to have your criminal record sealed if you pled guilty or no contest to a charge and received a withhold of adjudication, and you have never been adjudicated guilty of any other crime. See §943.059, Florida Statutes.

 

Difference between Sealing and Expunging Your Past Arrest

There is a primary distinction between sealing and expunging your criminal record. Sealed records are retained by the courts and law enforcement agencies that possess them, but the courts and agencies are prohibited from divulging the existence of the records to the public. On the other hand, once a record has been expunged, the courts and law enforcement agencies that possess the records are required to physically destroy them, thus, making it impossible for the records to be divulged accidentally. See §943.045, Florida Statutes.

 

Benefits of Sealing or Expunging Your Past Arrest

By having your Florida criminal background sealed or expunged, your Florida criminal background is not open to the public. Sealing or expunging your Florida criminal record prevents most potential employers from viewing your Florida criminal background. Other benefits include the following:

• Removal of your photograph from the Hillsborough County Sherriff's Office website

• Preventing the public from accessing information regarding your arrest on the Hillsborough County Clerk's website

• Employment or Promotions: If a job application asks whether you have ever been charged with a crime, you may answer "no" pursuant to Florida Statute Section 943.045.

• College: If a college application asks whether you have ever been charged with a crime, you may answer "no" pursuant to Florida Statute Section 943.045.

 

Qualify to Have Your Past Arrest Sealed or Expunged?

For more information regarding the process to have your criminal record expunged or sealed, contact Tampa criminal defense lawyer Dereck Capaz at the Capaz Law Firm at (813) 440-2700.

 

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