Sealing and Expungement of Criminal Records in Florida

If you have a criminal record — even if you have been arrested but not convicted — that criminal record can have a serious negative impact on your future, in terms of employment, housing, loan applications and other matters.

But you can clean up your criminal record with help from our criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen. Located in Orlando, Florida, our law firm understands the importance of keeping your criminal record as clean as possible. We know Florida's laws regarding criminal record sealing and expungement inside and out — and we can guide you through the process to give you the best chance of success.

Most applications to seal or expunge a criminal record can be completed via telephone interviews with your attorney and correspondence via mail. Office visits may not be necessary. Call a lawyer today to find out how to proceed: 407-246-0066.

The Difference Between Sealing and Expunging a Criminal Arrest Record

When a criminal record of an arrest or conviction is sealed, it means that the record is physically sealed and there is no longer public access to it. If you took a plea to a criminal case and the judge withheld adjudication then you can get the charges sealed as long as you qualify. There are some charges that you cannot seal even with the withhold of adjudication.

When a criminal arrest record is expunged, the records are physically destroyed so they are not available for public access. You can expunge a case if it is dismissed as long as you do not have any criminal convictions before or after the case you are trying to expunge.

You Have an Arrest Record Even if the Charges Against You Were Dismissed

One reason criminal record expungement is so important is that, under Florida law, your arrest record remains publicly accessible even if the charges were dismissed or adjudication was withheld.

You must actively apply for expungement of the arrest, and The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen can help you do that, for a very reasonable fee.

Contact The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen to Speak With a Defense Attorney

We give every new criminal defense client a free and confidential initial consultation. We offer reasonable rates, and flexible payment options may be available.

Contact us today — clean up your criminal record. Most employers do not know the difference between an arrest and a conviction. Stop losing jobs over something that can be fixed.

Call 407-246-0066 or send an email.