Sealing / Expunging Criminal Records
If an individual pleads or is found guilty of a crime, the conviction will be placed on his or her criminal record. Having a criminal record can place severe limitations on an individual’s ability to receive certain employment or educational opportunities. In order to avoid having limitations placed on your future, it would be beneficial to contact an experienced West Palm Beach defense attorney, who can assist you in getting your criminal record sealed or expunged.
West Palm Beach Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records Attorney
Andrew D. Stine assists individuals in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Riviera Beach, Lantana, and the surrounding areas, who are attempting to have their criminal record sealed or expunged. Attorney Stine has knowledge of the sealing and expunging process and he will use his knowledge and experience to help you have your record sealed or expunged.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 and set up a free consultation to discuss how you can have your record sealed or expunged in Florida.
Information Center on Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records
- Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records in Florida
- Determining Eligibility for Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records
- Resources for Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records in West Palm Beach
In order to begin the process of having a record expunged or sealed, the individual must first submit an application to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to determine his or her eligibility. If the FDLE determines that the individual is eligible, he or she will receive a certificate of eligibility.
After the individual receives a certificate of eligibility, he or she must file a petition to the court requesting to have their record sealed or expunged. The petition must include:
- The certificate of eligibility
- A sworn statement, attesting that the offender has never been adjudicated guilty of any offense listed under Fla. Stat. § 943.051(3)(b)
- A sworn statement saying the offender has not had his or her criminal record previously sealed or expunged
- A sworn statement that states the offender is eligible to have his or her record expunged
Once the petition has been filed, it is up to the court to determine whether or not the offender’s criminal record will be sealed or expunged.
An individual is eligible to have his or her record sealed or expunged provided that:
- The individual is not currently participating in a court ordered diversion program, or under supervision
- The offender has not been previously convicted of more than one misdemeanor or felony
- The individual has not had his or her criminal record previously expunged
- They have not been previously declared delinquent or adjudicated delinquent of certain juvenile offenses
Even if the offender meets the criteria mentioned above, he or she will be determined ineligible for the sealing or expunging of a criminal record if he or she has previously pled no contest, pled not guilty, or been found guilty of:
- Sexual Battery
- Aggravated assault
- Drug Trafficking
- Child abuse
The offenses for which an individual can be deemed ineligible are not limited to the crimes listed above. Fla. Stat. § 943.051 provides the full list of offenses.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement: This website provides information on how to apply for a sealing or expungement of your criminal record. You can download the application package on this website.
Florida Statute on Expunction: Fla. Stat. 943.0585 lays out the process of expunging a criminal record. This statute also lays out the requirements an individual must meet in order to be eligible for an expunction.
Fighting to Protect Your Future
If you are interested in having your record sealed or expunged in Boca Raton, Greenacres, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Attorney Stine is a qualified defense attorney who has experience representing clients who are attempting to protect their futures by having their records sealed or expunged.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 to set up your free consultation to discuss your eligibility for a sealing or expungement of your record.