South Florida Attorney for Expunging Criminal Records
Why expunge your criminal record?
When a person has a criminal record, it can affect their life in many ways. Numerous employment opportunities can be denied them, such as a job in a teaching position, as a child care provider, or as a peace officer. Many other employers may be averse to hiring someone with any criminal record whatsoever, even if it is a misdemeanor. A record can affect your chances of getting college grants or even getting accepted into a college. Your ability to obtain loans can also be hindered. If you were convicted of a sexual offense, your freedom to live in certain areas could be restricted. If you are a legal immigrant, a crime on your record could result in the loss of immigration status. Many people seek to have their records expunged, because arrests and convictions can remain on public record for some time and negatively impact the future.
How Expungement Works in South Florida
Even if the charges against you were dropped or dismissed, they can still appear on your personal records. Regardless of whether or not you were actually convicted, any arrests and charges will appear on all background checks performed on you. Expungement is the legal process of having any convictions or arrests removed from public records. This means that they can no longer appear in public view. To expunge your records, you must petition for this and have it approved by the Florida courts. If approved, these records will no longer be available on general databases. Only someone with a court order or who is in law enforcement can have access to your criminal history. If your record is expunged, then you are largely free from this conviction or arrest. For example, if you are on a job interview for a non-government job, when someone asks you if you have been convicted of a crime, you can legally answer, "No," thereby granting you greater opportunities as you move forward.
What types of crimes can be expunged?
Not every crime can be expunged; however, but to find out if your record qualifies for expungement, you should call an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Common crimes that can be expunged may include
juvenile offenses and
drug crimes. Usually, only one offense can be expunged. There may be exceptions in cases where multiples charges or arrests are directly connected to one another. You also can only petition for expungement if this is your first offense, not counting any previous juvenile crime expunctions or an automatic expunctions. Additional requirements may have to be met as well.
As with any legal process, having experienced counsel on your side can be invaluable. It is possible that your Certificate of Eligibility for expungement can be denied. You can appeal this, and a South Florida criminal defense attorney can help you strive towards changing the result of your application the second time around.
Removing arrests and convictions from your record could change your life dramatically. You will no longer feel like you have to hide from your past. When the quality of the rest of your life is on the line, you want the best legal representation that you can find. Attorney Eric Matheny understands how expungement can benefit you. As a qualified South Florida criminal defense attorney, he wants to help you achieve that peace of mind.
Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer in South Florida
When seeking expungement, choosing the right criminal defense lawyer could be the vital component that determines your chance of success. Attorney Eric Matheny works closely with his clients, providing them with the personalized attention and care that they deserve. With his experience as a former prosecutor, he thoroughly grasps how the criminal justice system works and can work to determine the right strategy to achieve the best results. Our office wants to help you get past your prior mistakes and to look forward to the future. Call us to find out how we can help. Attorney Matheny can be reached 24 hours a day. Our office is available to serve you throughout Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.
For help with criminal records expungement, contact The Law Offices of Eric M. Matheny, P.A.