Getting your Criminal Record Expunged
Any crime you commit is filed on a criminal record with the state of Florida. Even if you were found not guilty or had your case dismissed, the record can still haunt you. Having a criminal record can hurt your chances of getting a job, securing a loan, buying a house, and more.
The Florida criminal defense attorneys of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. are experienced in getting embarrassing and detrimental criminal records expunged or sealed. Contact our offices today at 561-353-2800.
Why You Should Consider Expungement
Disclosing your criminal history is often a requirement on financial, educational, and employment applications. Instead of asking “Have you ever committed a crime?” most forms instead ask “Have you ever been arrested?” Even if you were found not guilty or did not have charges filed against you, you are obligated to answer “Yes. If your criminal record is expunged, however, you are given a clean slate and do not have to check that “Yes” box ever again.
The Requirements for Expungement
If you have your criminal record expunged, the documents are destroyed and the record is no longer accessible. Instead, someone trying to look up your record will receive a notification saying that it has been expunged. You can have a crime expunged from your record if:
- You were found not guilty, OR
- The court does not file charges against you or dismisses charges previously made, OR
- The State of Florida drops charges against you
It may not be too late for a fresh start. If you or someone you know is struggling with the consequences of a criminal record, contact the West Palm Beach criminal attorney, Eric N. Klein, P.A. today at 561-353-2800.