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Details on Sealing and Expunging Your Record

If you have been arrested in Pinellas and have already gone through the court system in Hillsborough, or Pasco County, you will quickly learn that even after the case is resolved, there are negative consequences that can follow you throughout your life.

Without proper action, your resulting criminal record may be a specter that pops up in almost every critical juncture of your life. 

Even cursory background checks will reveal such a record when you are applying for a job, or a mortgage, asking for credit - or even when you are seeking to rent an apartment.

Understanding Your Options

In Pinellas, Pasco, or Hillsborough County, or for that matter any county in Florida, there are two options that may be available to anyone who has been arrested or sentenced for certain crimes. 

Although these options are not always available, it is very possible that all the information from an arrest or conviction can be removed from public records altogether, or at least have the record sealed so it would be very difficult to access.  

Record expungements:

Expunging is the process that can remove all records and information from your criminal record. To be frank, expungements have become increasingly difficult to arrange in Florida, but to learn about your options, contact Largo criminal lawyer Edward Panzica to discuss the possibility of expunging your record.

Record sealing:

This is more common than expungements, but it may be possible to seal access to virtually all the information about an arrest. Sealing a record does not entirely remove it, but it highly restricts access to any information from the arrest and/or subsequent sentence.

Hire an Experienced Attorney

The rules that apply to sealing and expunging can be complex, so it is essential you talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney about the specific circumstances and what option, if any, may be open to you.

To learn about these your record expunging or sealing options, in Pinellas, Pasco, or Hillsborough county, call for a free consultation at 727-588-0966.

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