I Was Arrested in Florida and Need to Expunge My Florida Criminal Background

Expunge a Florida Record

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As a Lawyer in Jacksonville that seals and expunges Florida criminal records, I get a lot of questions pertaining to Florida record seals and expunging a criminal background in Jacksonville.  Just because a person is arrested for a crime in Jacksonville, it does not mean he or she is a “bad person” or even committed the Florida crime.  Bad things can happen to good people, so they need a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney to work hard for them, fighting to get the Jacksonville criminal charges dropped or to achieve the best outcome possible.  Usually, once a Jacksonville criminal lawyer gets involved in a Florida case, the criminal defendant has already been arrested for a Florida crime.  Once you are arrested in Jacksonville or any other Florida city, you have a Florida criminal record.  When someone runs a background check on you, he or she will see that you were arrested for a crime in Jacksonville, Florida.  Even if the Florida criminal charges are dropped, your Florida arrest record will show that you were arrested and it will show the Florida crime for which you were accused.  Then, a Florida criminal background check will show that your charges were dropped.

Although the Florida background check shows that your charges were dropped, most people do not want anyone seeing that they were even accused and arrested for a crime in Jacksonville.  Many job applications ask a person if he or she has ever been arrested for a crime, not just whether or not the person has been convicted of a crime in Florida.  If job application asks you if you have ever been arrested for a crime, you are required to tell the truth.  However, if you have your record expunged under Section 943.0585 of the Florida Statutes, you may be able to legally deny whether you have been arrested for this Florida crime.

Section 943.0585 of the Florida Statutes is the law that covers record expunging a Florida criminal record across the State, including Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, and other Florida counties.  This Florida record expunging law states:

“The person who is the subject of a criminal history record that is expunged under this section or under other provisions of law, including former s. 893.14, former s. 901.33, and former s.943.058, may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrests covered by the expunged record, except when the subject of the record:

1. Is a candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency;
2. Is a defendant in a criminal prosecution;
3. Concurrently or subsequently petitions for relief under this section or s. 943.059;
4. Is a candidate for admission to The Florida Bar;
5. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by or to contract with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, or the Department of Juvenile Justice or to be employed or used by such contractor or licensee in a sensitive position having direct contact with children, the developmentally disabled, the aged, or the elderly as provided in s. 110.1127(3), s. 393.063, s. 394.4572(1), s. 397.451, s. 402.302(3), s.402.313(3), s. 409.175(2)(i), s. 415.102(5), chapter 916, s. 985.644, chapter 400, or chapter 429;
6. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by the Department of Education, any district school board, any university laboratory school, any charter school, any private or parochial school, or any local governmental entity that licenses child care facilities; or
7. Is seeking authorization from a seaport listed in s. 311.09 for employment within or access to one or more of such seaports pursuant to s. 311.12.”

A Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer can help by expunging your Florida Record.  A Florida criminal record can be expunged if the Florida charges were dropped, dismissed, or never filed.  You can expunge a Florida criminal record if it been sealed for 10 years.  Even if you do not apply for a Florida record expunction, you may be able to seal a Florida Criminal Record.  Contact a Lawyer in Jacksonville to seal or expunge your Florida record at 20 Miles Law, (904) 564-2525.

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