If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, and your case has already been resolved, your first thought should be, "how can I get rid of this record?" In Florida, you may be able to "seal" or "expunge" your criminal record so future employers, educational institutions, government agencies, etc. will not have access to the information.
When a criminal history record is sealed, the public will not have access to it, and the record will be placed under highly restricted access. Certain governmental or related entities, primarily those listed in § 943.059(4)(a) Fla. Stat., have access to sealed record information in its entirety.
When a record has been expunged, it is actually removed from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's records. Further, even the court file and arrest reports will be destroyed. Those entities which would have access to a sealed record will be informed that the subject of the record has had a record expunged, but would not have access to the record itself without a court order.
Not all criminal records may be sealed or expunged. Call Panella Law Firm today to discuss your options. We will do everything we can to help erase the stigma of your arrest.