First off, why expunge or seal your records? Many people expunge or seal their records to prevent their criminal history from showing up on a background check. This may be a background check for a job, school, or even a housing application. In my experience, clients charged with crimes such as theft, fraud, battery, or solicitation to commit prostitution can find it particularly embarrassing or influential on a prospective employer and thus negatively affect their lives.
This process can take up to one year, so it is best not to wait until you have been rejected for a job or apartment rental before seeking to have your records expunged or sealed. If you are a first-time offender and your case was dropped, you may be eligible for an expungement. If you received a withhold, you may be able to have your records sealed.
It is never too late to start over.
If you want to remove a misdemeanor or felony charge from your record, you need to file for an expungement, otherwise it will still show up—EVEN IF YOUR CASE WAS DROPPED.
Mistakes on your petition could delay the process, which is why you should work with an experienced expungement attorney.
With certain exceptions, if your record is expunged, you will not have to disclose information about the arrest or conviction on job or housing applications.
Whether you are eligible for expungement depends on a number of factors, including the nature of the crime you committed.
Call at 561-847-4726 for a free consultation. We can evaluate your case to see if you are eligible to have your records expunged or sealed.