Am I Eligible for Expungement?
Do you have a criminal offense on record that feels like a blemish to your good name? You know you are a good, hard-working citizen, but the record still stands in the way. Even if the charges against you were dropped, it can be disheartening to know that the charges still remain on your record. Having a criminal record can prevent someone from landing that dream job they've always wanted or gain a promotion in the company. It can make it difficult to apply for credit or loans, which, for those who aspire to someday buy a home or a car, can also be discouraging.
Yet there is a way to make it all go away and that is through the expungement process. This is a fantastic possibility, provided that you meet the requirements and for expungement.
Are my charges eligible for expungement?
First, what does expungement mean, exactly? It means that all public record of the conviction is erased, as though it had never happened. This can certainly feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off of your shoulders!
There are some caveats, however, in that there are certain exceptions to what can and cannot be expunged. If you were found guilty of the crime, either by jury trial or your own admission of guilt, this cannot be expunged. Very serious crimes cannot be expunged, either.
Some examples of offenses that are not eligible for expungement include:
- Assault / battery
- Aggravated assault / battery
- Child abuse
- Sex crimes with a minor
- Theft crimes
- Homicide or manslaughter
Expungements give you the legal right to deny having a conviction on your record, provided that it is one of the offenses that are eligible. Another alternative to expungement is sealing your record. While this does not necessarily destroy your criminal history, it does block public access to your record, and thus won't come up if a potential employer were to run a criminal background check.
Get a Broward County criminal attorney on your expungement case!
To jumpstart on the filing process, it is best that you consult with our Broward County criminal defense lawyers about your individual circumstances. There is no one single method to the process of expungement or sealing; since our attorneys have a full grasp on this area of law, you can leave your case up to them to move it forward. If, in the unfortunate event, your charges cannot be expunged or sealed, there are still a variety of options to consider, depending on your particular offense.