Do you have a criminal record in Florida? Is your Florida criminal record hurting your chances of getting a job? Do you want to stop your Florida criminal record from being seen by everyone? If so, you may want to consider having your record sealed in Jacksonville or elsewhere in Florida. You may be thinking, “Can I seal my Florida criminal record?” If you have ever been arrested in Florida, there is a record of your Florida arrest. Even if you pled no contest to a Jacksonville crime and the adjudication or conviction was withheld, when someone runs a background check on you and pulls your Florida criminal record, he or she will see the arrest in Jacksonville. If you have never been convicted of a crime in Florida or any other state, you may be able to seal your record in Florida. There are certain requirements that must be met in order for you to seal a Florida criminal record. All of the requirements that you must meet for a Florida record seal are listed under Section 943.059 of the Florida Statutes. This Florida recording-sealing law is the law that covers record seals in Jacksonville.
The Florida record-sealing law states that you cannot have a criminal conviction to get your record sealed in Jacksonville. If you do not have a bad Florida record, but instead, you only have one or few arrests, you likely received a withhold of adjudication in your Jacksonville criminal case. In order to determine if you were convicted of a crime in Jacksonville or received a withhold of adjudication, you can call your Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer that defended your Jacksonville criminal case or the Duval County Clerk of Court (or the clerk of court in the county over your Florida case).
When sealing a Jacksonville record or Florida record, it is important to remember that there is a list of Florida crimes that cannot be sealed. Under Florida’s laws about record sealing, you cannot seal certain Jacksonville crimes, even if the conviction was withheld. If you have questions about sealing your record in Jacksonville or getting a record sealed in Florida, talk to a lawyer in Jacksonville that has years of experience with Florida criminal record seals. You can also email a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney at 20 Miles Law. Read How Do I Seal My Record in Jacksonville, Florida and How Do I Expunge My Record in Jacksonville, if you would like more information on how to seal or expunge a criminal record in Jacksonville and other cities in Florida.
The Jacksonville crimes that you cannot seal are listed in Florida Statute Section 907.041 and are listed below:
2. Aggravated assault;
3. Aggravated battery;
4. Illegal use of explosives;
5. Child abuse or aggravated child abuse;
6. Abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, or aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult;
7. Aircraft piracy;
11. Sexual battery;
14. Lewd, lascivious, or indecent assault or act upon or in presence of a child under the age of 16 years;
15. Sexual activity with a child, who is 12 years of age or older but less than 18 years of age, by or at solicitation of person in familial or custodial authority;
16. Burglary of a dwelling;
17. Stalking and aggravated stalking;
18. Act of domestic violence as defined in s. 741.28;
19. Home invasion robbery;
20. Act of terrorism as defined in s. 775.30;
21. Manufacturing any substances in violation of chapter 893; and
22. Attempting or conspiring to commit any such crime.