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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 36 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
  • Voyeurism

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!

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Colón & McNelis, PA
Colón & McNelis, PA
Criminal Defense Attorney in Polk County
Located at: 325 East Davidson Street,
Bartow, FL 33830
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Phone: 863.734.8341

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