What is expungement law?

Expungement law involves a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or criminal conviction is “sealed,” or erased from a person’s criminal record. Upon completion of the expungement process, an arrest or a criminal conviction typically isn’t required to be disclosed by the person arrested or convicted.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida Expungement Attorney

Your criminal record is something that follows you for your entire life, and can be the reason you miss out on job opportunities, educational options, and even living arrangements. One mistake, one misunderstanding, one bad decision can impact you and your family for years to come, but it doesn’t always have to.

In Florida, you do have the option to remove certain entries from your criminal record, but only in specific circumstances. This is called a sealing of court records, or expungement.  This procedure can help you move on with your life without the mistakes of the past holding you back.

The difference between a sealing of court records and an expungement is that when the records are sealed, there won’t be any public record of the event, but certain government agencies will still be able to see it, especially when it comes to background checks for jobs. When your record is expunged, it will be unavailable to all public and government agencies, and the only copy will belong to the law enforcement department. When a government agency looks up your record, all they will see is a note that criminal information was expunged. This opens up job opportunities, education and other opportunities that may have been impossible with the event on your record.

The ability to have your record expunged depends on a few things, and you must meet a certain set of requirements to qualify.  You must meet certain requirements, including not having had a prior conviction nor had a record sealed or expunged in the past. A prior criminal charge must have been dropped by a State Attorney’s Office or dismissed by a judge, or you must have been acquitted of the charge. While the requirements are clear, you will still need the help of a knowledgeable attorney.

Larry Avallone, a Daytona Beach expungement attorney, not only understands all of the steps required to have your criminal record sealed or expunged, but also how important it is for your life. He will personally review your case to determine if you have eligibility to move forward. If you’re looking for help in New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Ormond Beach or the surrounding areas of Volusia County, contact him at (386) 682-9235 to schedule a free consultation.