Record Sealing in Polk County
Get Your Life Back on Track
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?
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
sex crimes against children
- Sex crimes against disabled or elderly adults
- 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.
call us today to schedule your
free case evaluation!