The Sunshine State is not so sunny when you have a past criminal record. Florida's courts and law enforcement agencies make it easy for anyone to access criminal records. For anyone who has been arrested in Florida, this is bad news that can make it difficult to do most of the important things in life, like get a job, decent housing, travel and even build relationships. In Florida, only those individuals who have no convictions on their record, regardless of where or when the conviction occurred, are eligible to seal or expunge their criminal record.
People that qualify to have a past Florida criminal record expunged or sealed can get a fresh start. While the process takes time and costs some money, that fresh start can be an incredibly good investment. Our web site is designed to provide useful information for anyone struggling to deal with a past criminal record in Florida. The online eligibility test can quickly and confidentially tell you what options are available and the benefits associated with those options.
We are prepared to help you clear your Florida criminal record whenever you sign up. We have helped 1,000+ people in Florida get a fresh start by expunging or sealing their criminal record.
It is no surprise that so many people trust us to handle their Florida case. We serve all of Florida and have flat fee pricing and money-back guarantees on most services. Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau lets you know that we can be trusted to provide you with excellent value and service.
Record clearing proceedings can be complicated. Small mistakes on your petition could force you to restart the whole process, possibly delaying you months or years. Our RecordGone.com expungement attorneys in Florida can represent you and ensure that your case is done correctly from the beginning without a delay in processing from small mistakes.
Unlike our competition, we offer the option to clear your record beyond the courtroom. We can help you clear your record with the most popular background check companies. These companies need to be notified that your record has been cleared or your record can remain in their system for months or years. Our Expedited Record Clearance Update service can have these companies update their records within 14 days. This service will allow you to move forward with your life sooner.
You cannot expunge or seal your Florida record if you have ever been convicted of a crime, regardless of how long ago the conviction occurred or where (out-of-state convictions will also make you ineligible). A petition to expunge (or seal) your criminal records must be done at the court where the arrest or conviction happened. A sealing or expungement in Florida will completely remove the incident from your records. An expungement seals and destroys the records of the arrest and case. A record sealing seals the records, making them unavailable to the public. We do everything for your case from start to finish, from the preliminary research to representing you at court. The majority of the time you will not have to appear in court yourself. We have several different post-conviction relief services in Florida.
Below is a brief summary of some of the services we offer in the state of Florida. Please take our eligibility test, visit the specific page on a service, or call our office for more information or with any questions.
If you were arrested and the charges were dismissed before trial, you may be eligible for an expungement. To qualify for expungement, in addition to the charges being dismissed, you must also have no other convictions on your record and no other Florida cases expunged or sealed.
If the court withheld adjudication of your arrest or you were acquitted at trial, depending on your offense, you might qualify for record sealing. Arrests for certain convictions may not be sealed. You also cannot have any convictions on your record or have had any other Florida cases expunged or sealed in your lifetime.
If you are on probation you may be able to have your probation terminated early under Florida Statute Section 948.05. You may petition the court to discharge you from further supervision. In order to terminate your probation early the court must find that by doing so it will be for the best interest of justice and the welfare of society. It is also important to pay all your restitutions and fines, and to complete any court order program if you want better chances of having the court grant your petition to terminate your probation early.
If you have a felony conviction in Florida your ability to purchase or possess a firearm has been taken away. However, the law in Florida will allow you to restore your firearm rights if certain conditions are met. There is an eight-year waiting period from the date you completed your sentence before you can petition to restore your gun rights. Furthermore you must make sure you pay any restitution or fines that you have outstanding.
There are three ways your juvenile case can be expunged. The first way involves automatic expunction by the court. The second way is called administrative expunction and refers to expunging non-judicial records of arrest when the arrest was made “contrary to law or by mistake.” The third way is petitioning the court to expunge your Florida juvenile case after you complete a diversion program for a misdemeanor offense. You must petition the court within six months of completing the program.
The simplest way to get started is by filling out our eligibility evaluation. This will allow you to see what your options may be. If you have any questions, please call us or do an online chat with us for a confidential and free consultation. Our firm is enthusiastic about helping people, in situations like yours, start new lives. There is a reason why more than 13,000 people across the country have selected RecordGone.com to have their criminal record cleared.
"Thank you for handling my case with true professionalism. The process took a long time, but it was worth the wait because I got the job." John M. - Palm Beach, FL
"This arrest record was a total nightmare. I made a mistake by not getting a good lawyer when I was arrested. I did not make that mistake this time. I called around and talked to at least 5 other law firms before I signed up with you. Ms. Clark, you and your team are amazing. Thank you RecordGone." Miles J. - Tampa Bay, FL
"I wish I did this years ago. I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work that you did... This could not have been easier. It is nice to know that there are good lawyers who care about their customers." Claire F. - Orlando FL
"Attorney Clark and her assistant Melanie are amazing. They kept me up to date the entire time and answered lots of my questions. I must have logged onto check my account on their web site 100 times. It was very helpful. If you need an expungement, call Ms. Clark." Ben C. Hollywood, FL
"Where do I start?? Should I mention the crappy attorney I originally hired? Let's just say I should have started with RecordGone. They are the go to law firm in Florida. They started working on my case right away and got it sealed in half the time I waited for my former attorney to do anything." Carl T. - Pensacola, FL
Our exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update service allows us to have the leading background check companies reflect changes to your criminal record in less than 14 days, instead of months and even years like our competitors.
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