If you have a criminal record you face a lifetime of consequences that can be hard to overcome, even after you’ve paid your debt to society. David F. Allen is here to help eligible citizens in the Lake County area and throughout Florida eliminate the negative repercussions of having a criminal record by guiding them through the process. Your record may be sealed or in some cases completely erased (expunged) making it more likely you will be able to pass a background check when you apply for a job, sign a lease or seek a loan. I am a dedicated advocate with the skills to assist clients interested in building a future free of the stigma that comes with having been arrested for a crime. I have a thorough understanding of Florida Criminal Laws and the inner workings of local State Courts, and I draw upon that knowledge to help you move forward to erase a serious entry against you in the public record.
A criminal arrest or charge is erased and destroyed when a record is expunged. Your record will no longer available to the public, though it may still be accessed by law enforcement. By law, you are allowed to state you were not arrested, charged or accused of committing a crime when asked if you have a criminal record. That said, you should speak to a lawyer if your record was expunged or sealed and you are considering applying for a professional license or running for office. Some rules still require you to disclose such information.
Not every crime can be sealed or expunged from a criminal record. Even when it is possible to expunge or seal a record, qualifying for this relief can be difficult and complex.
Factors that might affect your ability to have your record expunged include the following:
Minor drug offenses such as marijuana possession may also be easier to seal or expunge, especially if the offender was a juvenile. A defense attorney who is familiar Florida Law can let you know if your specific charge is eligible.
If you seek to have your record expunged in Florida I am able to help. As an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney I can determine whether you are eligible to have your record sealed and then guide you through the process which is complex and can be lengthy.
A lapse in judgment or youthful mistake doesn’t have to follow you for the rest of your life. If you wish to have your criminal record expunged, David F. Allen Attorney at Law L.L.C may be able to help. Call me at 407-247-8831 to schedule a free consultation.