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Record Sealing

Record Sealing in Polk County

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At Colón & McNelis, PA, our services go beyond defending the rights of Florida's citizens, we strive to do everything in our power to help our clients move on from the incident so they can look forward to the next chapter in their lives. Record sealing and expungements play a critical role in the criminal process and we always advise clients to get their records sealed or expunged if and when they qualify. As former prosecutors with over 36 years of combined experience and over ten thousand cases handled, you can be confident in our abilities.

What is record sealing?

If you have ever been arrested and fingerprinted, you have acquired what is called a criminal history record, even if that arrest did not lead to an adjudication of guilt or a conviction. Having a criminal history record is a black mark on your name that causes problems when you are trying to secure a decent paying job or obtain affordable housing.

Once a criminal history record is sealed, the public sector will no longer have access to it. You can lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrests covered in the sealed record; however, certain government agencies and related entities will have access to the sealed information in its entirety if you are:

  • Applying for a job at a criminal justice agency
  • A defendant in a criminal prosecution
  • A candidate for The Florida Bar
  • Seeking employment at a school
  • Seeking employment or a license from a government agency involving children, the disabled, or the elderly

What charges cannot be sealed?

Under Section 943.059, not all charges can be sealed or expunged. Examples of offenses that cannot be sealed or expunged, include but are not limited to:

  • Sexual misconduct involving a person with developmental disabilities
  • Sexual misconduct committing by employees against mentally ill patients
  • Luring or enticing a child
  • Procuring a minor for prostitution
  • Certain sex crimes against children
  • Sex crimes against disabled or elderly adults
  • Voyeurism
  • Child pornography
  • Drug trafficking
  • Violations of the Florida Communications Act

Registerable sex offenses may not be sealed, regardless if the person was found guilty or not.

Are you eligible? Contact a Polk County criminal defense lawyer!

If you have a criminal record, we highly recommend contacting a Polk County criminal defense attorney from our office to discuss the possibility of record sealing or expungement. Having your records sealed can make a huge difference in the quality of your life and that of your family's.

Please call us today to schedule your free case evaluation!

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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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