Is There A Difference Between Seal And Expungement?
When your criminal record is sealed, it means that the record will remain on file with the court and at the law enforcement agency that arrested you. The record is sealed inside an envelope, and the public will not be able to view the record. However, the record may be viewed if an order to unseal the record is sought and obtained from the court. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also keeps a copy of the arrest record, but the clerk of court will clear the record from the court’s database.
When your criminal record is expunged, the record is destroyed by the clerk of court and the law enforcement agency that arrested you. The record will also be erased from the court’s database. Only FDLE will retain a copy of your arrest record.
Contact Dedicated and Knowledgeable Tampa Seal and Expunge Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. Today for Your Free and Confidential Consultation
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Florida, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, and depending on your criminal history, you may qualify to have the arrest record sealed or expunged. Remember, even if you are never convicted of the offense for which you were arrested, you still have a criminal record that can adversely impact your ability to obtain a job or even student financial aid. But with a sealed or expunged record, you don’t even need to tell potential employers that you’ve been arrested. At Marc A. Joseph, P.A., we can help you determine your eligibility and guide you through the complex application process. Contact Tampa Seal and Expungement Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. today by calling (813) 234-6374. We are available 24/7 so call anytime to schedule your free consultation and learn what we can do for you.