Help With Sealing And Expungement

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. It can affect your employment, housing, loan applications and much more.

Here's the good news: You may be able to clean up your criminal record and clear your name with help from the lawyers 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 phone interviews with your attorney and through the mail. Office visits may not be necessary. Call us today to find out how to proceed: 407-246-0066.

Why Get Your Case Sealed?

Even if you are not convicted of a criminal charge, your arrest and charges are still public record and will still show on background checks. By sealing your case, it takes the arrest, charges and any other information about the case off of public records search.

This is very important when applying for a job. Employers will likely ask if you ever have been convicted of a crime. If you haven't, you should say no — but if an arrest shows up on your background check, the employer may believe you lied and refuse to hire you. Most people do not understand the difference between an arrest and conviction, and that is why you want to get it sealed so that nothing comes up.

Are You Eligible For Record Sealing?

Several factors determine whether you are able to get your case sealed:

  1. Was adjudication of guilt withheld? If you were adjudicated guilty then there is no procedure to get this case sealed.
  2. Have you ever been convicted (adjudicated guilty) of anything before this case or after this case? You cannot have any convictions on your record, even misdemeanors to get something sealed or expunged of your record.
  3. Did you plead to a case that is eligible to get sealed? Not every criminal case is able to get sealed even with a withhold of adjudication. An example of this is if you plead to a burglary of a dwelling. The arrest will show up forever.
  4. Was your charge dismissed? If so, you should apply to have it expunged, which is proper for cases that are dismissed. Sealing is only for cases where a plea was entered and the court kept the conviction off your record.

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 a 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.

Contact The Law Office Of Corey I. Cohen Today

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

Contact us today — and start clearing your name. 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.

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