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Are you seeking to get your criminal record expunged or sealed in St. Petersburg? Reach out to an expungement lawyer at Hersem Law to discuss your options. 

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, you may already know firsthand just how difficult it can be to deal with a criminal record. That record is visible to other people who may be making big decisions about your housing and employment. Because of that, you may be seeking an expungement. 

At Hersem Law, we know that getting an expungement isn’t easy. If you’re worried about your criminal record, seek out a St. Petersburg expungement lawyer at our firm for help.

Eligibility for Expungement in St. Petersburg

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, that mark can stay on your record for years after the case. Expungement, however, gives you a chance to have that record removed completely, as though it was never there. 

However, there are strict rules for eligibility. For example, certain felony and other convictions cannot be expunged, especially if they were violent crimes. You may also be unable to seek an expungement if you’ve requested one before. If you have any concerns that you might not be eligible, review your case with your St. Petersburg expungement attorney at Hersem Law.

If you were convicted of any of the following, among other convictions ineligible for expunction, you may be unable to expunge your record:

  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Child pornography
  • Fraud
  • A violation of the Florida Communications Fraud Act

The Expungement Process in St. Petersburg

Once you’ve gone over the details of your criminal record with your Hersem Law expungement lawyer, you will know whether you’re eligible for expungement, and you can get started. First, you’ll need to seek out a certificate of eligibility for expunction. Your St. Petersburg expunction lawyer from our firm can help you get this document. 

You’ll then take your petition, your records, and a sworn statement that you satisfy the requirements for expungement in front of law enforcement officials. You and your expungement lawyer will then present your case. 

For an expungement, you will have to show the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that you were acquitted of the charge or received a “not guilty” verdict, that your case was dismissed, or that you were never actually charged. 

To have your record sealed, on the other hand, you will have to show that you were never convicted of the charge you are trying to seal.

For both record sealing and expungement in St. Petersburg, a previous conviction for any other offense in the state of Florida means you are ineligible for record sealing and expungement. Sometimes, however, a lawyer from Hersem Law can help you undo a previous conviction to help you through this hurdle. Give us a call to learn more.

Call a St. Petersburg Expungement Attorney

If you’re unsure of whether you’re eligible for an expungement, talk to your St. Petersburg lawyer from Hersem Law. We have the tools and resources that can help you make important decisions about your case, and we can make sure you have the best chance possible of getting your record expunged or sealed. 

If you’re concerned about your future, schedule a free strategy session with our firm. This no-obligation meeting gives you a chance to ask questions about your criminal case and discuss the details with a St. Petersburg expungement lawyer at Hersem Law. To begin, reach out by calling 813-251-7291 or by completing the online form below.