Were you arrested for Florida petit theft in Duval County? Did you complete a pretrial diversion program? Were your Jacksonville theft charges dropped? Even if your Jacksonville criminal defense attorney was able to have your charges dropped, there will still be an arrest record. This will show up on a background check. If you are looking for a job, many job applications ask, “Have you ever been arrested for a crime?” If you are going to answer the question truthfully, you would have to say “yes.”
Did you plead guilty or no contest to Jacksonville possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana? Did the judge withhold adjudication? This means that you were not convicted of the Jacksonville drug charge. Even though you were not convicted of Jacksonville possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, this will show up during a background check.
No one wants a Florida criminal background that will follow him or her. You may be able to expunge your criminal record. If you cannot expunge your record, you may be able to seal the criminal record. A Jacksonville Florida Attorney can help you remove an arrest and criminal charge from your background, so you can move forward.
What does it mean to seal or expunge your Florida criminal record? Sealing or Expunging your Florida criminal record prevents most potential employers from viewing your Florida criminal background. It is a way to erase or clear the charge from you background. Florida Statute Section 943.059 is the law used to seal your criminal record. The criminal record still exists when you seal a Florida record. The agencies that have the record still have them, but they are private. Even a Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer is not allowed to look at the record without a court order. If you expunge a Florida criminal record, most agencies that have your record must dispose of it. Florida Statute Section 943.0585 is the law used to expunge a record in Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns County. An expunction (expungement) occurs when the court orders the destruction of your Florida criminal record. Only the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) keeps a copy of your record.
20 Miles Law is a Jacksonville law office that is able to seal and expunge criminal records across the State of Florida. It does not matter if you have been arrested in Clay, Nassau, St. Johns, Duval, or any other county. If you are interested in sealing or expunging your record, contact a Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer. Most criminal records are public record. Keep yours private. Call 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525 or contact by email (click Contact Us). You can get more information about sealing or expunging a record on the Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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