West Palm Beach Records Expungement Attorneys

Records Expungement Attorneys in West Palm Beach

At Salnick Law, P.A., our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers believe people learn from mistakes and should not be forced to bear the burden of a criminal record throughout their adult lives. After all, many consequences of a conviction outlive the criminal penalties, including the inability get many jobs or work in certain professions, and even your ability to rent apartments, own firearms or qualify for certain types of government aid may be negatively impacted.

We believe the best way to keep convictions off your record is to vigorously contest the allegations with the help of an experienced defense lawyer. But too often those unfamiliar with the criminal justice system may go it alone and end up with a conviction, particularly if they perceive the allegations to be “minor.” In other cases, despite the help of an attorney, even when a significant reduction or dismissal is won, a conviction or record of a criminal charge without conviction may still stain the record of someone who has turned their life around.

The law recognizes the burden and in some instances permits criminal records to be sealed or expunged.

Record Expungement Eligibility

When a criminal record is sealed, it is preserved “under such circumstances that it is secure and inaccessible to any person not having a legal right of access to the information.” In these cases, the information in the case remains on file with criminal justice agencies but access by the public is barred.

Eligibility requirements for sealing criminal records in Florida include:

No prior finding of guilt for similar criminal offense, or no prior delinquencies in juvenile cases.

No adjudication of guilt or delinquency in the case to be sealed.

No prior sealing or expungement of a criminal record under Florida law.

No other petition to seal or expunge a record pending before any court.

Charge is not a disqualifying offense.

Is not excluded under related offenses.

Completion of probation or community control.

Disqualifying Offenses

Another reason to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer in West Palm Beach whenever criminal charges are pending or alleged, is that many crimes are not eligible for sealing or expungement. Too often, a defendant will plead guilty in an effort to put an incident behind him, without realizing the charge may never be removed from a criminal record.

Under Florida Statute 943.045(16), and F.S. 943.059, the following charges are not eligible to be sealed or expunged, unless charges were dropped or otherwise dismissed:

  • Sexual misconduct with a developmentally disabled person.
  • Sexual misconduct between an employee and mentally ill patient.
  • Luring or enticing a child.
  • Sexual battery.
  • Procuring a minor for prostitution.
  • Lewd or lascivious offenses upon or in the presence of a person under the age of 16.
  • Lewd or lascivious offenses upon or in the presence of an elderly or disabled person.
  • Sexual performance by a child.
  • Lewd, lascivious or indecent assault upon, or in the presence of, a child under 16.
  • Sexual activity with a child who is older than 12 but younger than 18.
  • Acts of domestic violence or related charges.
  • Computer pornography.
  • Traveling to meet minors.
  • Selling or buying of minors.
  • Any violation requiring registration as a sexual predator.
  • Providing obscene material to minors.
  • Voyeurism.
  • Violations of the Florida Communications Fraud Act.
  • Criminal conduct by public employees or officials.
  • Drug trafficking.
  • Acts under F.S. 907.041, including arson, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, illegal use of explosives, child abuse, elder abuse, kidnapping, homicide, manslaughter, sexual battery, robbery or carjacking.
  • Burglary of a dwelling.
  • Stalking.
  • Home invasion robbery.
  • Terrorist acts.
  • Conspiring to commit one of the above crimes.
  • DUI
There can be many benefits to seeking sealing or expungement of a criminal record, including keeping a record from public view, avoiding discovery by potential employers, avoiding discovery by colleges or universities, preventing records from being discovered during background checks (with some exceptions, including applications to law enforcement or for school employment), protection of reputation and peace of mind.

The experienced Palm Beach defense lawyers at Salnick Law, P.A. represent clients facing criminal charges in Palm Beach County and throughout the area, including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, Greenacres, Lantana and Palm Springs.

Call 561-471-1000 today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

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