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What Is the Difference Between a Sealed Record and an Expungement?

What Is the Difference Between a Sealed Record and an Expungement?

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may face lasting repercussions. Having a criminal record can affect your ability to get a job, driving privileges, and even child custody since it can be accessed by the public. However, some criminal records can be sealed or expunged over time. If you want to prevent your criminal record from affecting your personal life, you will need the help of a lawyer. The criminal defense attorneys at Rudenberg & Glasser explain the difference between a sealed record and expunged case, and what you have to do to qualify for them.

Sealed Record Vs. Expungement

A criminal record can be sealed so that the general public will not have access to it. However, the information in your criminal record will not be erased or eliminated. Only a few government agencies will be able to view sealed information, including law enforcement and the court system.

Expungement is when an overall case has been erased from a person’s record. This means that all documentation recorded will be erased, and employers, insurers, or others won’t be able to find out that you were charged if a crime.

Do I Qualify for an Expungement?

To qualify for an expungement, you must not have a criminal record sealed or expunged in the past, nor may you have another petition pending. Serious offenses, such as arson, homicide, kidnapping, or sex offenses, can’t be sealed or expunged. However, if you weren’t charged with a serious or violent crime, your criminal record has to be sealed for at least ten years before it can be expunged. 

Record cleaning proceedings can be complicated because even a small mistake can set back your petition. For this reason, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. You will need to file a petition at the court where you were convicted.

Call Our Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyers!

The Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys at Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. have handled thousands of cases throughout Florida. We are prepared to review your case and determine whether you are eligible for the sealing or expungement process. We know that having your record expunged will benefit you in many situations; that’s why we are ready to help you from beginning to end. We are ready to fight for your rights and help you obtain the best possible results for your case.

Contact ourFort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys today at (954) 543-1788!

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