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Expunging or Sealing Criminal Records in Florida Provides a Fresh Start

Helping Floridians in Tavares, Inverness and Clermont get their lives back on track

One mistake can have a devastating effect on your family, employment prospects and financial security. Thanks to the Internet, an arrest or conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life. Anyone can easily retrieve information about your criminal record, and you have no opportunity to explain. The Central Florida lawyers at Largey Law are former public defenders who believe that everyone deserves a second chance. Expunging or sealing your record can help you get a fresh start.

What it means to seal your record

Arrests and adjudications are public record. By sealing your criminal record, the public no longer has access to it. However, some government and law enforcement agencies are permitted to access sealed records.

What it means to expunge your record

The pubic does not have access to an expunged record, and agencies that have access to sealed records cannot open an expunged record without a court order. The agency would receive a statement to the effect of “Criminal information has been expunged from this record,” and nothing more.

Eligibility for sealing or expunging your record

To have your criminal record sealed or expunged, you must meet the criteria established by Florida statutes, including:

  • You have not been adjudicated guilty or convicted as an adult of a crime.
  • You previously have not had a record sealed or expunged, unless you fall under certain exceptions listed in the law.
  • The arrest and adjudication for which you are requesting sealing or expungement is a qualifying offense.
  • You are not currently a criminal defendant, a candidate for criminal justice agency employment or an applicant to the Florida Bar.

Our dedicated criminal defense attorneys candidly advise you about whether you qualify to seal or expunge your criminal record and what to expect from the process.

Make a fresh start after an arrest in Tavares, Inverness and Clermont

Put your arrest or conviction behind you. Call Largey Law at 352.508.1485 or contact the firm online to schedule your free consultation at our offices in Tavares, Inverness and Clermont. We serve clients throughout Central Florida. Se habla español.

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