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What Is the Difference Between a Sealed Record & Expungement?

What Is the Difference Between a Sealed Record & 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 the public can access it. 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.

Difference Between Sealed and Expungement

The court can seal a criminal record 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 the court erases a case from a person’s record, meaning all documentation recorded will be deleted, and employers, insurers, or others won’t be able to find out that you were charged with a crime.

Do I Qualify for Expungement?

To qualify, you must not have had a criminal record sealed or expunged in the past or have a petition pending. Serious offenses, such as arson, homicide, kidnapping, or sex offenses, can’t be sealed or expunged. If your charges weren't for a serious or violent crime, your criminal record has to be sealed for at least ten years before the state will delete it.

Record cleaning proceedings can be complicated because even a small mistake can set back your petition. For this reason, it is essential to have an experienced attorney on your side. You will need to file an expungement request 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 prepared to fight for your rights and help you obtain the best possible results for your case.

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


Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

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  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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