If you want to seal or expunge your Florida criminal record, you are probably wondering how much it is going to cost. Should you hire a Jacksonville lawyer to seal or expunge your Florida record? You want to know how must it will cost to hire a Jacksonville criminal lawyer to do this. You want to know about the out of pocket expenses.
The price to hire a Jacksonville criminal attorney to seal or expunge your FL record is usually much less than it costs to hire an attorney to defend your criminal case. Aside from attorney’s fees, you will need to pay the Jacksonville criminal attorney fee for the record seal or expunction. You will also have a cost retainer. This is for out of pocket cost. For instance, your Jacksonville attorney will need to pay the FDLE $75.00. Duval County charges a fee for certified copies. Some counties do not charge a fee for certified copies. Once your record seal or expunction is complete, you will need to pay the clerk of court to send out notices. Depending on the county, the clerk’s fee may vary. Here are some examples of recent clerk fees in Northeast Florida:
1. Clay County charges $70.50 to expunge a Florida aggravated assault with a firearm charge.
2. Duval County charged $59.00 for a Jacksonville petty theft case.
3. St. Johns County charged $54.00 to expunge a Florida domestic battery case.
If you are deciding whether to hire an attorney or not, ask yourself if you know what you are doing. Have you ever petitioned to seal a Florida criminal record? Have you expunged a Florida record? It would be beneficial to have a Jacksonville lawyer that has sealed and expunged many cases. I have had clients that have tried to clear their Florida criminal backgrounds and have not done it correctly. Here are some examples:
- A person is trying to expunge an employee grand theft in Jacksonville FL. She receives a notice for a hearing on the petition to expunge her record. The Duval County State Attorney’s Office is objecting to the expungment. She does not present a good case at the hearing and the petition to expunge her theft record is denied. A Duval County attorney with experience expunging employee thefts could have helped her with this.
- A person sent in his application for a certificate of eligibility with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. After doing this, he assumed his criminal record showing a Jacksonville drug charge would be sealed. It was not. He went to a job interview and the potential employer found the criminal charge.
- A judge signed an order expunging a criminal record for Jacksonville domestic battery. The petitioner never paid the clerk. The record was not expunged.
These are just a few examples of problem that may occur with a record seal or expunction. By hiring a lawyer, you may avoid many problems. Call 20 Miles Law at 904-564-2525 for help clearing your criminal record for a background check.