Under specific conditions, convicted individuals may have their Criminal Records expunged. Expunged items are not viewable by potential employers, loan companies, landlords, schools, and others. For help getting past convictions expunged from your Criminal Record, contact a Lake Park expungement Lawyer today.
One of our experienced Attorneys at Leifert & Leifert will review your Criminal Record to identify any items that are potentially eligible for expungement. A Lawyer could also explain the procedure for requesting expungement of specific records and ensure your petition for expungement is completed and filed correctly. Get started on your case by calling today to schedule a consultation.
What are the Eligibility Requirements for Expunction in Lake Park?
Information regarding the Court-ordered expungement of Criminal Records can be found in section 943.0585 of the 2019 Florida Statutes. The statutes indicate that to be eligible to petition the Court for expungement of a Criminal Record, an indictment or other charging document must either have been dismissed or not have been filed in the case. Alternatively, a person is also eligible to petition for expungement if an acquittal or a not guilty verdict was rendered in the case.
How Could Someone Expunge a Criminal Record in Lake Park?
Several steps are involved in the expungement process. Prior to petitioning a Court for expungement of a Criminal Record, a person must apply for a certificate of eligibility for expungement through the Department of Law Enforcement. A Lake Park Lawyer who handles expungement cases could provide assistance with the application process, which includes a fee and submission of a certified copy of the disposition of the criminal charge for which expungement is requested.
Once a certificate of eligibility is obtained, a petition to expunge a Criminal Record must be submitted, along with any other required documents. Once the petition is properly submitted, the Court will review the request and make a determination regarding expunction of the requested Criminal Records. Upon approval of a petition for expunction, the associated Criminal Record is to be physically obliterated or destroyed by any criminal justice agencies that have custody of the record, although the Department of Law Enforcement may retain a confidential copy of the expunged record but cannot make it available to others except by Court order.
Records Ineligible for Expungement
Section 943.0584 of the 2019 Florida Statutes outlines several types of records that are not eligible for expungement in Lake Park. Ineligible records include convictions for several types of felony offenses and some misdemeanors. Examples of felony convictions ineligible for expungement include:
- Drug trafficking or manufacturing controlled substances
- Sexual offenses requiring registration as a sex offender
- Assault, battery, or aggravated assault
- Stalking or aggravated stalking
- Robbery or home-invasion robbery
- Murder, manslaughter, or homicide
- Human trafficking or kidnapping
Several other types of felony convictions are also ineligible for expungement. A Lake Park expungement Lawyer could provide a complete list of ineligible offenses.
Contact an Attorney for Expungement in Lake Park
It can be such a relief to have eligible items expunged from your record, but the process of petitioning for expungement can sometimes be confusing. Let a Lake Park expungement Lawyer who understands the process handle it for you. A Lawyer could ensure all required documents are completed properly and submitted to the appropriate Court.
There can be several benefits to having eligible items expunged from your Criminal Record. Since expunged items are not accessible to the general public, those items cannot be viewed by potential employers, educational institutions, and others. Speak with one of our Attorneys at Leifert & Leifert today for assistance with the expungement process.