Do I qualify to seal or expunge my South Florida criminal record? Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney explains
There are a few ways that someone can qualify to seal or expunge their South Florida criminal record.
One of the most common ways that people qualify got sealing or expunging their records is if they were not adjudicated guilty (convicted of the crime) as an adult, and if they have not previously sealed or expunged a criminal record in Florida.
There are many ways to qualify for the ability to seal or expunge a criminal record, but there are also a few exceptions. There are even certain crimes that cannot legally be sealed from your record but can be expunged under the right circumstances.
Types of Expungements in Florida:
- Administrative expungement: An arrest that was somehow made contrary to law or by mistake can be expunged by applying to FDLE
- Court-Ordered Expungement: A person can apply to FDLE for a certificate of eligibility to expunge their criminal record. FDLE can determine if the person is “statutorily eligible” to petition the court to have his or her Florida Criminal Record sealed.
- Juvenile Diversion Expungement: Any one who completed an approved juvenile diversion program for a misdemeanor crime in Florida may apply for juvenile diversion expungement.
- Lawful Self-Defense Expungement: Someone may be eligible for Lawful Self-Defense Expungement if the appropriate state attorney or statewide prosecutor certifies that the subject acted in lawful self-defense pursuant to the provisions related to justifiable use of force - and the charges were dismissed by the state attorney or the court.
- Human Trafficking Expungement: If a person was a victim of Human Traffcking, they may petition for the expungement of a criminal history record resulting from the arrest or criminal charges for an offense committed either as a part of a human trafficking scheme or while he or she was a victim of a human trafficking in Florida.
- Automatic Juvenile expungement: A minor’s criminal history record maintained by FDLE will automatically be expunged when the person turns 21; or at age 26 if the person was committed to a juvenile facility or prison. Most of the time this is possible as long as certain conditions are met and the minor wasn’t charged with a forcible felony.
- Early Juvenile Expungement: A person between 18 and 21 years old can apply to have their juvenile criminal history record expunged early by FDLE. Usually a minor can apply for the charges to be expunged early if they haven’t been charged with or found guilty of any criminal offense in the past 5 years.
As you can see, there are a number of different types of Expungements in Florida. If you’re in the South Florida Tri-County Area and you think you may qualify to seal or expunge your record, give our office a call to see if you qualify and if we can help you get your Florida Criminal record expunged.
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