Have you ever been arrested for any crime?
You do not have to be a convicted felon in order to be turned down for a job due to a criminal record. In fact, if you have ever been arrested, even if the charges were dismissed, a record of that arrest will exist and will be accessible to the public unless
Expungement permits you to legally deny an arrest. Simply put, an expungement will enable the arrest record destroyed. An expungement can occur if your charges have been dismissed.
Remember - even if you received a PTA (promise to appear), you will still have an arrest record.
A record sealing occurs when you have received a withhold of adjudication for a qualifying offense.
Click here to learn which offenses disqualify you from sealing your arrest record.
It is crucial that you take advantage of your right to seal or expunge if you are eligible. Furthermore, it is crucial that you seal or expunge as soon as your case is closed. That way, you can ensure that the arrest record does not remain in the public domain for too long. Also, since the whole process takes 4-6 months, the sooner you get rid of your arrest record, the sooner you can apply for that dream job with confidence.
The Law Offices of Eric M. Matheny is a full-service South Florida criminal defense firm that caters to clients in the Miami-Dade and Broward areas who are in need of record sealing and expungement.
If you or a loved one would like to have their criminal record sealed or expunged, contact Attorney Eric Matheny today.