Have you been arrested for Jacksonville domestic battery? Did the Duval County prosecutor drop the Jacksonville battery charges? Even though the charges were dropped, the arrest will still show up on a criminal background check. If your domestic battery charges were dropped, you may be able to expunge your Florida record. This domestic battery charge is usually open to the public, so you may want to have it removed.
Were you arrested in Orange Park for Florida grand theft? Did your Clay County attorney advise you to plea no contest to the Florida theft charge for a withhold of adjudication and court costs? Did you complete a Florida probation sentence and think that you could move on with your life only to learn that you have a felony on your record? Depending on your Florida criminal background, you may be able to seal your Florida record. Stealing or shoplifting is a crime that most employers frown upon, so clearing your Florida criminal record would likely be a good idea.
Were you given a criminal traffic citation for Florida leaving the scene of an accident in St. Augustine? Did you complete a diversion program? Is the leaving the scene of an accident still showing up on your record? If you are working in a field that a hit and run charge may hurt you, you should to talk to a St. Johns County lawyer about erasing your Florida criminal record.
As a Jacksonville criminal lawyer, many people come to me wanting their records sealed or expunged right away. I cannot do that. No one can clear your Florida criminal arrest record over night. It takes time to erase a criminal charge from your record in Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns, or other counties in Florida. On average, it takes 4 – 6 months. A couple of years ago, it only took about 4 months for me to seal or expunge a Florida record. In the past year, it has been taking longer. I usually tell my clients to expect it to take around 5 months. This is because the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) is backed up. It is taking the FDLE longer to issue the certificate of eligibility, which is one of the first steps in the process to clear your record.
Many people want their records sealed or expunged immediately, because they are looking for a job. If you have interviewed for a job and the employer wants to hire you, you cannot clear your Florida criminal record before the background check is complete. This is why it is so import to talk to a Jacksonville lawyer about sealing or expunging your record now. You want to clear your record before you start looking for a job. You want to clear your record before you graduate from college. Even if you have Jacksonville juvenile delinquent charges in your background, some background checks reveal juvenile charges. You may want to consider expunging or sealing your juvenile record.