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Whether it’s a momentary lapse in judgement or an accident at the wrong place and wrong time, we all make mistakes. If a permanent mark on your criminal record has prevented you from obtaining employment or higher education, or if you do not want others to know about your past criminal offenses, then you may want to pursue having your criminal record expunged or sealed.

What’s The Difference Between Expungement and Sealing?

The sealing of an individual’s criminal record enables the information contained in the record to be closed to public access. This means that those who are considering a person for employment or those who are petitioning for a loan are unable to view these records when conducting a background check.

However, the following entities can still access the sealed record:

  • Pursuing employment with a criminal justice agency
  • Pursuing to be licensed by the Florida Bar to practice law in the State of Florida
  • Pursuing employment with the Department of Children and Families, Agency for Health Care Administration, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Pursuing employment at certain public schools, private schools or child care facilities
  • Pursuing employment or access to one of Florida’s seaports
  • The subject of future criminal prosecution
  • Seeking to purchase a firearm

Expungement is a process which permits public records to be destroyed and the incident will be regarded as if it never occurred. In order to expunge your record, you must not have been found guilty or pled guilty to specific, serious criminal offenses such as domestic violence, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, child abuse, arson, assault and battery, etc.

The following requirements must be met in order to be eligible to seal or expunge your record:

  • You have not previously been convicted of more than one misdemeanor, felony or criminal ordinance violation in any jurisdiction in the US
  • As a juvenile, you were not declared delinquent or adjudicated “delinquent” of specific criminal charges according to Florida’s Statutes
  • You have no previously sealed or expunged a criminal record in any jurisdiction
  • You are not currently under a court ordered supervision or diversion program

Let Us Protect Your Rights

At Melendez Law Offices, P.A., our Kissimmee criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to giving you the fresh start and clean slate necessary to take advantages of the opportunities in life. Don’t let your mistakes discourage you to take the steps to correct them, we are here to help in every step of the way.

Contact us today to request your free case evaluation with our Spanish-speaking lawyers! Our firm proudly defend individuals who have been arrested in our community, including Kissimmee and Orlando.

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