How To Get My Arrest Record Sealed Or Expunged?

There are certain circumstances under which you can have your criminal record sealed or expunged. Expunction of a juvenile record is automatic at age 21, but it depends on whether you were not arrested again before your 21st birthday. For some misdemeanors or felonies, a petition to expunge after completing a diversion program can remove the arrest record. For first-time offenders who have completed their probationary sentence and where adjudication was withheld, the arrest record may be sealed, depending on the nature of the charge. Some offenses may not be sealed regardless of whether adjudication was withheld.

The rules surrounding expungement and sealing are somewhat confusing to someone who is not a criminal defense lawyer or a juvenile defense attorney. Even if you were acquitted or charges were not formally filed, your criminal record will still show that you were arrested for the offense. The arrest record can affect your present or future employment, leasing an apartment or merely obtaining a basic background check. By sealing or expunging your arrest record, you effectively eliminate the source of those records from all public view, but not all private or federal databases.

With over 20 years' experience as a criminal defense attorney and juvenile defense attorney, Joseph R. Fasone is proud of his track record as an aggressive defender of his clients' rights and interests. The Law Office of Joseph R. Fasone, PA, represents individuals who wish to seal or expunge their arrest record throughout South Florida.

If you are seeking to have your criminal record sealed or expunged, call Mr. Fasone for a free initial consultation about your case to find out if you are eligible.