Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, sometimes those mistakes can follow you for years after you’ve made them. Additionally, you may not have actually made the mistake you were accused of, but nevertheless, the accusation still haunts you in very practical ways. Regardless of the nature of the crime, if you have a criminal or arrest record, you may struggle to find work, face challenges when seeking housing, and much more.
That doesn’t mean you need to endure these struggles for the rest of your life. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to seal and expunge your record, essentially letting you start over with a clean slate. Our South Florida expungement lawyers at LJ Law Group can help.
What You Need to Know about South Florida Expungement
Expungement in South Florida (or any other state) involves deleting your arrest record so that future parties, such as potential landlords or employers, can’t learn about it. The specifics of expungement laws vary on a state-by-state basis, so if you want to expunge a criminal record in South Florida, it’s very important to work with a South Florida expungement attorney who thoroughly understands Florida’s applicable laws.
When you first consult with our expungement firm in South Florida, we’re going to ask questions about the details of your case. These questions may include:
- Was the case against you eventually dropped?
- Did you complete probation?
- Did you complete a diversion program?
- Were you found not guilty?
Those are merely a few examples. By asking these types of questions, a criminal defense lawyer in South Florida can better determine not only if your record can be expunged, but also how to most effectively argue that it should be.
Am I Eligible for South Florida Expungement?
Only a qualified South Florida expungement lawyer can tell you for certain whether you’re likely eligible for having your criminal or arrest record expunged in South Florida. In general, though, you may be eligible in the following instances:
- If you were found not guilty, or the case against you was dropped or dismissed, you can apply for expungement immediately.
- If a withhold of adjudication was part of your final disposition, and you weren’t convicted, after 10 years, you can have your record expunged.
- You were arrested, but never convicted.
That said, even if you’re genuinely eligible for expungement in South Florida, that doesn’t mean your application for expungement will be accepted right away. You need to prove your eligibility. This is much easier to do with the help of a South Florida criminal defense lawyer. They’ll construct a persuasive argument explaining why your application for expungement should be accepted.
Why Choose LJ Law Group?
At LJ Law Group, we believe in honesty and transparency. That’s why our South Florida expungement attorneys don’t merely claim they can deliver results. We thoroughly explain our process and reference past successes to help potential clients better understand why we’re the right law firm for their case. To learn more, schedule a free consultation today.