A criminal record can hold you back from a lot. But, one of the biggest things a criminal record can destroy is your career. In fact, you may have difficulty even finding an entry-level position if you have a criminal record.
But there is some good news. In some cases, you may be able to expunge your criminal record so that you can get a job. But, it is not as simple as requesting the courts expunge; you must first qualify and understand how the process works.
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Expunging a Record if You Were Not Convicted
If you were arrested, but not convicted, that arrest will still show up on a criminal background check. But, in the state of Florida, you may qualify to expunge that record. You cannot have a pending expungement nor can you have any history of sealing or expunging a criminal record in another state.
In most cases, if you were arrested but never convicted, or you were arrested by mistake, you can expunge your record.
What if You Were Convicted of a Crime?
If you were found guilty by a jury or you pleaded guilty, then you may not be eligible for expungement in the state of Florida. This is especially true if the crime was a felony or DUI. There are some crimes that can still be expunged despite being found guilty or pleading guilty, but it is best to consult an attorney to see if your case qualifies.
An Expungement Doesn’t Mean You’re Free and Clear
In Florida, you can only expunge one criminal record; therefore, if you have multiple convictions or arrests, these will continue to show despite the one that was expunged. Also, if you are arrested in the future, this can affect your criminal record, and decrease your chances of getting a job.
In the event you are charged with another crime in the future, the prosecution can still access the record you had expunged, and use that record for subsequent convictions or sentencing. So, it is important to realize that just because your record was expunged does not mean it was completely erased.
What Happens When Your Record is Expunged?
If the courts grant your request, you can legally tell employers and even landlords that you have no criminal record.
Read more about the difference between Sealing and Expunging.
Hire a Skilled Criminal Attorney Today
Expungement requests are not easy. In the state of Florida, you can easily be denied an expungement even if you qualify; therefore, it is best to apply for your expulsion with a skilled criminal attorney in Miami.
The Law Offices of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A. can represent your case and help you clear your name for future employment. Call today for a no obligation consultation at 305-757-3331 now.