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Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney - Jenkins Law Record Expungement


After being charged with a crime in Florida, a person will have a record of that offense on their criminal record forever. Even if a person is simply arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, their criminal record will reflect this. As such, getting these arrests and convictions sealed or inaccessible to the public is often extremely important for many people, especially those who have changed their lives and are looking to move on. Unfortunately, this legal option is not available in all circumstances and can be very difficult to successfully pursue.

The Difference Between Sealing a Record and Record Expungement

When you are seeking to have your criminal record sealed or expunged, it is important to know the difference between the two options. Sealing a record generally means that any record of a criminal offense is unavailable to most organization and entities, such as potential employers. Record expungement, on the other hand, basically means that your record has been wiped clean. If you are able to seal a record, only a few very select entities will be able to see it, unless a court orders it to be unsealed to the public. Should you successfully get a criminal offense expunged from your record though, no one will be able to view this offense, and this action cannot be undone.

Qualifying for Sealing and Record Expungement

Not everyone is qualified to obtain record expungement or to have their record sealed.  This is why it is important to speak with an attorney who can review the facts of your case and assist you in determining if you are eligible for either a sealing or a record expungement.  Understanding whether you qualify to have your record sealed or expunged can be difficult without the help of a knowledgeable lawyer.

Discuss Record Expungement and Sealing with a Lawyer

Although getting record expungement or sealing a record can be essential for you personally, actually doing so can be extremely difficult. In order to learn more about the option of sealing or expunging your record, many people seek the legal guidance and support of attorneys like Jim Jenkins of Jenkins Law. Jim offers a free consultation to discuss your options, call Jenkins Law today at (866) 668-4182.