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Pensacola, FL 32502
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Can I Seal or Expunge My Record

Call is for a consultation on sealing or expunging your criminal record.

In the State of Florida one brush with the law can have devastating consequences to your future. Even if you were arrested and later completely acquitted of all the charges, your arrest is online for everyone to see, including potential employers. In certain cases, if your case meets the criteria you can have your records sealed and after 10 years under a seal, expunged. Shelley Guy Reynolds has handled many such cases on behalf of our clients.

What is the difference between sealing your records and expungement? If your case meets the criteria, then you can have your records sealed. This means your records will not be available to searches and will not be online for everyone to see for the general public. However, some agencies

and departments will still have access to these records such as law enforcement. Expungement, takes place after 10 years when your records are under seal. After which you can request an expungement which means all of your records will be destroyed and only FDLE will retain a single copy of your records. Again, these records are not available to anyone but a select group of agencies and departments.

Obviously the easiest and most accurate way to determine if you qualify for sealing your records is to consult with an attorney. Many times, you may miss something or a standard for which you could have had your records sealed.

Some of the standards to qualify for sealing / expunging your records are as follows

  • You have NOT plead "No Contest" or have been found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony in the State of Florida or comparable municipal code.
  • The judge ordered a "Withhold of Judication" in your case.
  • Your charges are not an ineligible offense as listed below.
  • You are not currently under community control or probation.
  • You have never sealed or expunged another record in Florida.
  • You have never been convicted of a any of the crimes for which you are seeking to have your records sealed.

Below are crimes that are not eligible for record sealing or expungement

  • Aircraft piracy - Section 860.16, Florida Statutes
  • Arson - Section 806.01, Florida Statutes
  • Assault (Aggravated) - Section 784.021, Florida Statutes
  • Battery (Aggravated) - Section 784.045, Florida Statutes
  • Battery (Sexual) - Chapter 794, Florida Statutes
  • Burglury of a Dwelling - Located in Section 810.02
  • Car jacking - Section 812.133, Florida Statutes
  • Child (Abuse or Aggravated) - Chapter 827, Florida Statutes
  • Child (Sex with 12 to 18 by familial or custodial authority) - Section 827.071, Florida Statutes
  • Child (Sexual performance Of) - Section 827.071, Florida Statutes
  • Communications Fraud Act Violations - Section 817.034, Florida Statutes
  • Domestic Violence (Resulting in Injury) - Section 741.28, Florida Statutes
  • Drug Trafficking - Section 893.135, Florida Statutes
  • Elderly (Abuse or Aggravated) Chapter 825 of the Florida Statutes
  • Explosives, illegal use of - Section 790.001, Florida Statutes
  • Homicide - Chapter 782, Florida Statutes
  • Kidnapping - Chapter 787, Florida Statutes
  • Lewd or lascivious offenses (Presence of persons less than 16) - Section 800.04, Florida Statutes
  • Lewd or lascivious offenses (Elderly Persons) - Section 825.1025, Florida Statutes
  • Manslaughter - Section 782.07, Florida Statutes
  • Obscenity (Providing to Minors) - Section 847.0133, Florida Statutes
  • Obscenity (Computer Pornography) - Section 847.0135, Florida Statutes
  • Obscenity (Selling or Buying Minors) - Section 847.0145, Florida Statutes
  • Prostitution (Procuring under 18) - Section 796.03, Florida Statutes
  • Public Officer or Public Employee Offenses - Chapter 839, Florida Statutes
  • Robbery - Section 812.13, Florida Statutes
  • Robbery (Home Invasion) - Section 812.135, Florida Statutes
  • Stalking and Aggravated stalking - Section 784.048, Florida Statutes
  • Sexual Misconduct - Section 393.135, Florida Statutes
  • Sexual Misconduct (DCF) - Section 394.4593, Florida Statutes
  • Sexual Misconduct (Corrections) - Section 916.1075, Florida Statutes
  • Sexual Predator Predicate Offenses listed under Section 775.21, Florida Statutes
  • Terrorism - Section 775.30, Florida Statutes
  • Voyeurism - Section 810.14, Florida Statutes

In addition to Sealing and expunging records Mrs Reynolds handles executive clemency cases in the state of Florida.

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