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Record Sealing and Expunging

With technology making it easier than ever to send and receive information, the possibly of individuals or companies learning about your background is a growing concern. Any person with a computer can go on a county court website and look up information on your arrest if they wanted. This frightening ability for anyone to just look up your past should be a major concern for those who have ever dealt with criminal issues.

Although quite common in the past, background criminal history checks have become even more widespread (currently a $4 billion dollar a year industry) as this information has been made available to more and more people. This makes mistakes you may have made in the past potentially hazardous to your future, particularly on a professional and social level.

With these consequences hanging over your head, it is vital to do what you can to keep these records sealed, or completely dissolved. Expungement or record sealing can erase your prior transgressions so that you can live your life without the worry that someone will find out the past that is surely long behind you.

Walton County Record Sealing Attorney

If you need a criminal arrest to be expunged or sealed, it is necessary to hire a qualified Florida attorney who fully understands the process and can successfully navigate the avenues needed to get your record out of public hands. If you are in need of record sealing or expunction due to a criminal charge in the counties of Okaloosa, Washington, Walton, Holmes, Santa Rosa, or Escambia, call Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today.

With a firm knowledge of the sealing process, the legal team at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC can efficiently handle your case and get you looking forward instead of back. Call (850) 892-5195 for a free consultation today.

Who is Eligible to Seal or Expunge Their Record in Florida?

You may be eligible to seal or expunge your criminal record if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have not previously been convicted of more than one misdemeanor, felony or criminal ordinance violation in any jurisdiction in the United States;
  • As a juvenile, you were not declared delinquent or adjudicated “delinquent” of certain criminal charges as set forth in Florida’s Statutes;
  • You have not previously sealed or expunged a criminal record in any jurisdiction; and
  • Are currently not under a court ordered supervision or diversion program.

Florida Panhandle Criminal Record Sealing

In essence, record sealing means that a criminal arrest record is closed to public inquiries, and its existence is allowed to be divulged only in limited circumstances, which mainly involves only authorized government agencies.

Sealing is available for most charges that received a withhold of adjudication (also called "deferred adjudication") or where a defendant was found not guilty at trial. There are certain charges that cannot be sealed after receiving a withhold of adjudication, which includes, but are not limited to:

  • Aggravated assault;
  • Burglary;
  • Child abuse;
  • Domestic violence;
  • Manslaughter; and
  • Drug trafficking.

Criminal Record Expungement in Okaloosa County

Expungement means the criminal arrest record for the particular charge you are concerned with is physically destroyed, and cannot be accessed. Expungement is not available if a charge resulted in deferred adjudication, or where a trial took place, even if the defendant was found not guilty.

Although “physically destroyed,” the FDLE and the clerk of the court still retain a copy of the expunged record, but it is inaccessible to the public.

Adkinson Law Firm, LLC | DeFuniak Springs Expungement Lawyer

Even though you have taken the steps to deal with a criminal charge in the state of Florida and are now a free and productive citizen, you will always have the shadow of the previous offense hanging over you for as long as the criminal record is available. Each DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC has decades of experience dealing with record sealing and expungement cases in the state of Florida and will use this knowledge to make certain that the correct process is undertaken to get rid of the relevant charges and allow you to move forward with your life.

Call or send an online message if you need your record sealed or expunged due to a criminal charge in the Florida Panhandle. Adkinson Law Firm, LLC proudly represent individuals in the surrounding cities of Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, Valparaiso, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Cinco Bayou, Chipley, Vernon, DeFuniak Springs, Paxton, Bonifay, Pensacola, Century, and nearby areas.