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Tampa Criminal Record Sealing / Expunction

You may realize if you have ever been arrested, you will be given a criminal report record that may cause problems in your life especially when dealing with employment or other situations when a background check is required. These problems will still cause you problems even if you received a Withhold of Adjudication and were not convicted.

Sealing or expunging your criminal records is a low cost way of improving your life. Once the process is complete, your record will no longer be available to the public as it has been sealed or expunged. Another plus to completing this process is you gaining the legal right to deny anything to do with the arrest and legal proceedings from the case you were involved in.

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for a records sealing or expunction you are able to meet the following requirements:

  • You were never found guiltily of a misdemeanor, felony, or comparable ordinance violation either as a juvenile or an adult.
  • You never secured a prior criminal history record sealing or expunction.
  • You are not currently under court supervision such as probation
  • Your crime is not one of the crimes listed under the exceptions sections of either expunge or sealing pages.

If you are unsure if you qualify, contact Joe Caimano today for a free consultation.

Some key benefits of sealing or expunging your record include:

  • The legal right to deny or fail to acknowledge that you were arrested for the incident which you have sealed or expunged.
  • Your privacy is protected and now you may be able to take advantage of a job, school, or other opportunities once closed because of your public criminal record.
  • Keeps the record of your arrest out of public availability.

If you worry about the present and future employment and privacy, sealing your criminal record is important, even if you were not guilty, you will still be affected in many ways. For instance, it may be more challenging for you to:

  • Get hired
  • Get into school
  • Receive any loans
  • Receive any security clearances
  • Receive any grants
  • Receive any kind of professional licenses
  • Have relationships
  • Receive housing (apartments, condos or community associations)

In situations where a background check is required or you must write your criminal activities on an application, someone is judging you based on the information they receive and may deny you based on those things. If you are ever arrested or were a defendant in a criminal case, your criminal record is a public record and is available to anyone for any reason. Sealing your record means the record is physically sealed by the clerk of the court, or any other agencies that may have your information.

How Do I Qualify?

  • You are not under court supervision
  • You have never been convicted of a misdemeanor, criminal ordinance violation or felony
  • You have never had a record sealed or expunged before
  • You did not receive a withhold of adjudication

However, there are exceptions of crimes you may not seal/expunge, even if you received a Withhold of Adjudication:

  • Luring or enticing a child
  • Procuring person under eighteen(18) for prostitution
  • Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of a person less than sixteen (16) years of age.
  • Sexual battery and related offense
  • Voyeurism
  • Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of an elderly person or a disabled adult
  • Violations of the Florida Fraud Act
  • Sexual performance by a child
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Computer pornography(child related)
  • Selling or buying of minors
  • Transmitting or giving/loaning obscene materials to a minor
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Arson
  • Aggravated assault
  • Aggravated battery
  • Illegal use of explosives
  • Child abuse or aggravated child abuse
  • Violations of Pretrial detention or release
  • Offenses by public officers and employees
  • Aircraft piracy
  • Abuse or aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult
  • Kidnapping
  • Homicide
  • Carjacking
  • Robbery
  • Manslaughter
  • Burglary of a dwelling
  • Stalking or aggravated stalking
  • Home invasion robbery
  • Act of terrorism
  • Manufacturing any substances in violation of chapter 893
  • Act of Domestic Violence
  • Sexual activity with a child who is at least twelve(12) years or older, but less than eighteen(18)
  • Attempting or conspiring to commit any of the above crimes

If you are interested in applying for the sealing or expunging of your criminal record, call Joe Caimano today to discuss your eligibility.