If you are given a Florida ticket for Jacksonville petty theft in Duval County, there is a record of it. This is true even if you successfully completed a diversion or pretrial intervention program. If you were arrested for Florida domestic battery in Clay County, this will show up in a background check. An old Florida possession of cocaine charge in St. Johns County will not automatically fall off your record after so many years.
When you apply for a job, your potential employer may run a background check on you. It is best to run a background check on yourself first. You should see what is going to show up. In order to pass a criminal background check, you should consider having your record sealed or expunged. This will clear your Florida criminal background.You are eligible to seal or expunge your Florida criminal background as long as you fulfill certain legal requirements. To see if you may be able to expunge your record, click on Can I expunge My Florida Criminal Record. If you would like to see if you would be able to seal your record, click on Can I Seal My Florida Criminal Record.
When you seal or expunge your Florida record, most employers will not be able to see the criminal charge. They will not be able to see that you were arrested for the crime that you erased. You will be able to legally deny the arrest. There are exceptions to this rule. They are set forth in Florida Statute 943.0585 and 943.059 and listed below. If you would like to clear your Florida criminal background, call a Jacksonville criminal lawyer. You may call a Jacksonville lawyer at 904-564-2525.
Florida Statute 943.0585 and 943.059 mirror each other. Once a person’s record is sealed or expunged, he or she may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrest, unless 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 Division of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Department of Education, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Health, the Department of Elderly Affairs, 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 disabled, or the elderly;
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