Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records
Criminal Defense Lawyer Bradford Cohen has been sealing and expunging records for individuals for over 10 years. Most people don't realize that just an arrest causes individuals to have an arrest record. The only way to assure that it is not on your record is to Seal or Expunge your criminal history.
Have you been arrested for a crime, but not charged by the Office of the State Attorney? Was your criminal case dismissed or Nolle Prosequi (discontinue pursuing criminal charges)? Were you found not guilty of the criminal charges against you? Even if you answered yes to one of the questions above you could still have a record. Just because a criminal case is resolved in a favorable manner does not mean that a record is sealed. Your arrests, nolle prosequi, and or dismissals, could still appear in a common background check or search.
If you qualify for an expunction or record sealing you can get that crime taken off your record and go forward without the burden of worrying about who will find out you were charged with a crime.
Florida Statute § s.943.0585 - s.943.059 provides a detailed outline on who is eligible to apply to seal or expunge your record. It provides that if you have never been convicted of a crime, this includes if you took a plea but received a withhold of adjudication, you may be eligible to seal or expunge you record. You are only allowed one sealing or expunction in your life time. As such, if it is your second time applying, you will not qualify. Additionally, there are specific crimes that unless you had dismissed, Nolle Prosequi or were found not guilty after a jury trial, are not eligible for sealing or expunging. Please contact our office and we will give you all the information and a detailed list of those crimes.
It could take up to 8 months to seal or expunge your record, so the sooner you start, the sooner you can get your case resolved. We do not make promises or guarantees, but you can be assured that if we determine you are eligible for a sealing or expunction, the job will be done as promptly as possible. The government does not provide a way to expedite the process. If anyone promises they will get your matter "expedited" they are not being honest with you.
In regards to cases involving Immigration matters, sealing or expunging may not be a good option. The US Government may request you to unseal the record so that they may determine if you are fit for citizenship. Thus, by sealing those records you may be causing your self more work with no benefit. Additionally, applying to certain US Governmental positions may require you to unseal your records. For a in depth discussion on the qualifying factors contact our office for your FREE consultation on record expunging and sealing.
The cost for sealing or expunging your record does not include the cost of fingerprinting, and the filing fees or clerk fees associated with the application. If you wish to represent yourself we would recommend you ordering our Sealing/Expunging packet, for $69.99, which includes everything you need to move forward with expunging or sealing your record. Nothing in the packet should be construed as legal advice, it is simply all the direction provided by existing Florida Law and all forms needed to successfully seal or expunge your record.
The Sealing or expunging of a criminal record is stringent and exacting. It is always recommended that you speak with an experienced criminal lawyer like Bradford Cohen. If you decide to try and attempt to seal or expunge your criminal record without the assistance of a criminal lawyer, you must follow the specifications to the word. If your submit your certificate to seal or expunge your criminal record without it being complete, they will send your application back and you will need to correct all errors and resend your sealing application, possibly wasting up to 2 months of time.