The technology at our fingertips gives us the ability to search and share a lot of information quickly. Smartphones, tablets, and other devices make it easy to find things online with a simple search, and sometimes those that take advantage of this super technology do so for the wrong reasons. Identity theft is a huge problem, as are security breaches at lending institutions and even within your email account. The problems recently reported with hacked emails and other technological breaches do teach us important lessons though, and one of those is that what you say and do is always available to those with an internet connection. If you have not posted anything embarrassing on Facebook, or tweeted something you now regret, the chances of you being worried about your electronic footprint are probably low. But if you have things in your past you’d rather not be made public, you might be wondering if there is anything you can do to keep your personal information private. And, if the data you want to keep out of public view involves a crime, you have probably thought about how you can “clear” your record. Fortunately, there is a way for this to be done, but there are some guidelines in place that you have to follow.
Pursuant to Florida law, you can ask the Court to expunge your record, but here are three of the rules for this process that you need to understand:
● If you were arrested but never charged, you can ask the Court to clear your arrest record.
● If you were arrested and charges were filed, but those charges were later dismissed you can ask for an expungement of your record.
● If you were arrested and charges were file, but you were eventually found not guilty of the charges, you can seek an expungement.
If your case involved going on probation, you can ask for an expungement of the record once you have successfully completed all of the terms of your probation. Another important thing to know is that expungement is usually a process that only first-time offenders use, and the type of charge is also a factor. The benefit of having your record expunged is that the data is no longer visible to public view. Call us today. We will go over the facts of your case, and let you know if this option is available to you.
Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Key West for help with expunging your record. Contact our office today for more information about what to do next.