In Florida, for certain crimes a defendant may petition the court to have their record sealed or expunged. An expungement is where the court record is actually expunged meaning that it is destroyed and there is no longer a record. A sealing is where a record is sealed rather than destroyed. If a member of the public wants to view a "sealed" record, a motion must be filed and a judge must rule on allowing the record to be unsealed. It is preferable to obtain an expungement. Need a lawyer for a criminal case in West Palm Beach? Retain the help of a West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer from my firm today!
Depending on the sentence the defendant received, certain records will only qualify for sealing rather than an expungement. For example, if the defendant received a withholding of adjudication, and the case was not dismissed, the defendant will not qualify for an expungement. Additionally, certain crimes, may not allow a defendant to apply for a sealing or expungement. If a defendant qualifies for an expungement, the judge still has the discretion to seal the record rather than expunge it.
Nevertheless, individuals who have been arrested and/or charged with a crime, should have their records sealed or expunged if they qualify. This maintains privacy for the individual. The Law Offices of Richard Tendler routinely does this for both existing clients who have resolved their cases and for clients who we did not represent but now want to have their record sealed or expunged.
Generally, by requesting some information from either the client or the court, we will readily know if the record can be sealed or expunged. Certain procedures must be completed prior to the court hearing a petition to seal/expunge. The Law Offices of Richard Tendler, P.A., handles all of the procedures from start to finish for the client. Unless the client elects, the client will not need to attend court. Facing criminal charges in FL? You need the top criminal defense lawyer in West Palm Beach to avoid conviction. We may be able to help you fight against your criminal charges or have your record expunged, call today!