Leesburg, Florida, Criminal Defense Attorney Helps Permanently Seal Criminal Records
It’s difficult enough in the current economy to find steady employment. But to do so while carrying a criminal conviction on your permanent record can make finding a job nearly impossible. Possessing a criminal record can make everything in your life harder: finding a job, obtaining security clearance, getting a professional license, or even getting accepted into college or graduate school. Since criminal background checks are now a regular part of life, many people who have already learned hard lessons continue to unfairly suffer due to a felony or misdemeanor arrest from long ago. Let attorney Jody Fisher help you rid yourself of this burden. With offices in the Leesburg community, we work with individuals throughout central Florida.
At the Law Offices of Jody Fisher, we feel that everyone deserves to have a clean slate, and that mistakes or allegations from one’s past should stay in the past. Luckily, there are laws in place that allow citizens who are eligible to petition for the criminal justice system to seal criminal records permanently.
Requirements for a Certificate of Eligibility to Petition for Sealing / Expungement of Florida Criminal Records
You may be able to permanently seal your arrest or criminal record under the following circumstances:
- You have never previously been adjudicated guilty of a criminal offense or comparable ordinance violation or adjudicated delinquent for committing any felony or a misdemeanor specified in 943.051(3) b. Certain driving violations are classified as criminal, such as DUI, Reckless Driving, and (with some exceptions) Driving While License is Suspended/Canceled/Revoked.
- You have not been adjudicated guilty of any of the charges stemming from the arrest or alleged criminal activity to which the petition pertains.
- You have never secured a prior sealing or expungement of a criminal history record under 943.0585, 943.059, former s. 893.14, former s. 901.33, or former s. 943.058, or from any jurisdiction outside of Florida.
- You are eligible for such a sealing or expungement to the best of your knowledge or belief and do not have any other petition to seal or any petition to expunge pending before any court.
Florida Crimes that Cannot be Expunged
No sealing or expungement of criminal history records that relate to certain violations where the defendant was found or pled guilty (without regard to whether adjudication was withheld) is allowed. Those "no sealing/expungement" violations are:
- F.S. 393.135 (Sexual misconduct with developmentally disabled person and related offenses)
- F.S. 394.4593 (Sexual misconduct with mental health patient and related offenses)
- F.S. 787.025 (Luring or enticing a child)
- Chapter 794 (Sexual Battery and related offenses)
- F.S. 796.03 (Procuring person under 18 for Prostitution)
- F.S. 800.04 (Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age)
- F.S. 810.14 (Voyeurism)
- F.S. 817.034 (Florida Communication Fraud Act – Scheme to Defraud or Organized Fraud, as used in s.817.034, F.S.)
- F.S. 825.1025 (Lewd or lascivious offense upon or in presence of elderly person or disabled person)
- F.S. 827.071 (Sexual performance by a child)
- Chapter 839 (Offenses by Public Officers and Employees)
- F.S. 847.0133 (Showing, selling, etc., obscene literature to minor)
- F.S. 847.0135 (Computer pornography)
- F.S. 847.0145 (Selling or buying of minors)
- F.S. 893.135 (Trafficking in controlled substances)
- F.S. 916.1075 (Sexual misconduct with mentally deficient or mentally ill defendant and related offenses)
- A violation of any offense qualify for registration as a sexual predator under F.S. 775.21 or for registration as a sexual offender under F.S. 943.0435
Or, any violations enumerated in F.S. 907.041 ("dangerous crimes”) or any attempted violation of them:
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Illegal Use of Explosives
- Child Abuse or Aggravated Child Abuse
- Abuse of an Elderly Person or Disabled Adult, or Aggravated Abuse of an Elderly Person or Disabled Adult
- Aircraft piracy
- Sexual Battery
- Lewd, lascivious, or indecent assault or act upon or in the presence of a child under the age of 16 years
- Sexual activity with a child who is 12 years of age or older but less than 18 years of age, by or at solicitation of person in familial or custodial authority
- Burglary of a dwelling
- Stalking and Aggravated Stalking
- Act of Domestic Violence as defined in Florida Statute 741.28
- Home-invasion Robbery
- Act of Terrorism as defined by s. 775.30
- Manufacturing any substances in violation of Chapter 893
- Attempting or Conspiring to Commit any Such Crime
- Home-Invasion Robbery
Begin Your Life Again: Contact Attorney Fisher
At the Leesburg, Florida, Law Offices of Jody L. Fisher, we have worked with clients throughout central Florida toward making their criminal records a thing of the past. However, it is important that you know that no criminal record is sealed automatically. The Court only considers sealing a criminal record when a formal petition is filed. We are well-versed in the procedures of filing a successful petition, and will walk you through it step by step to make sure that all is done smoothly and efficiently.
Let Attorney Jody Fisher help you put the past forever behind you. We are proud to help our clients get the fresh start they deserve. Contact us today at 352-241-0391, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filling out our online information form to begin the process of closing the book on your past.