Polk County Expungement Attorney
Find out if you qualify for an expungement!
Having a criminal history record can hold you back in many ways and lead
to many closed doors. At Colón & McNelis, PA, we are completely
aware of the problems that come with a criminal record and we therefore
strive to help people get their criminal records sealed or expunged wherever possible.
Our Polk County criminal defense lawyers are passionate about helping people
get their life back on track, and we want to help you too. With
over 40 years of collective experience and with
over ten thousand cases handled between our two attorneys, you can be confident that we know what we are doing.
Information on Florida Expungements
Once you are arrested and fingerprinted, you acquire a criminal history
record. You can actually have a criminal history record even when the
charges against you were dropped or dismissed. This is because the Florida
Legislature decided that Florida criminal history records would be public
unless the record is sealed or expunged.
What is the difference between having your
criminal history record sealed versus expunged? When a record is sealed, the public doesn't have access
to it but certain government agencies or related entities do have access
to the sealed information in its entirety. In contrast, when a record
is expunged, those entities that would have had access to the sealed record
will be informed that it has been expunged and they will not have access
to the record unless they obtain a court order.
Examples of the types of charges cannot be expunged, include:
Sex crimes against children
- Sex crimes against the elderly or disabled
- Child pornography
- Drug trafficking
- Violations of the Florida Communications Act
Registerable sex offenses are not eligible for an expunction, regardless
of the adjudication of guilt.
Contact Colón & McNelis, PA to find out if you are eligible!
If you have been granted a full pardon or clemency, neither automatically
expunges your record or facilitates an expungement. For those who have
had their civil rights restored after a felony conviction, they are not
eligible for an expunction because under Florida law, a person who has
been convicted of a felony does not qualify for an expungement.
To learn more about the benefits of an expungement and to find out if you
qualify, we urge you to
contact our office to discuss your case in a
free consultation. We are on your side and we are here to help in every way that we can!