Tampa Expungement Lawyer
Getting your record sealed or expunged can help you see a better future, without a criminal record haunting you. If you’re struggling with your case, reach out to a Tampa attorney to help you work to get your record expunged.
If you’ve been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in Tampa, you might have faced serious consequences beyond your prison sentence and fines. Having a criminal record can limit your job opportunities, housing options, and legal options when it comes to your family.
Fortunately, you may not have to live with that record forever. Seek out a Tampa expungement lawyer for the help you need getting your criminal record sealed away. At Hersem Law, we understand how much an expungement can improve your life, so we’ll help you petition for this change.
Eligibility for Expungement
Expungement can be especially important to overcoming past arrests and convictions and starting fresh, and these items on your record can hurt you if you don’t fight back. Criminal records can be searched, and that can haunt you later. Fortunately, many arrests can be sealed or expunged, meaning that these records won’t be readily available to the public.
Keep in mind that certain crimes, like the following, may not be eligible for sealing or expungement in Tampa:
- Sexual misconduct
- Abuse of the elderly, disabled, or children
Often, nonviolent crimes may be sealed or expunged, especially juvenile cases. If you’re concerned that you may not be eligible for expungement, talk to your Tampa lawyer before you choose not to petition. They can give you specific answers about your individual case.
How Long Does Expungement Take in Florida?
While it used to take an average of five to seven months to seal or expunge a record in Florida, expungement in Florida now takes closer to a year. The amount of time will depend on various factors, and our firm can give you a more specific idea of the timeline for your Florida expungement case.
Florida’s Record Expungement Process
Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible for sealing or expungement, you’ll need to act to get your record expunged. Your first step will be to apply for a certificate of eligibility for expunction. This certificate states that your case is eligible for expunction and that you have completed the necessary steps to do so.
To get this certificate in Tampa, you’ll need to provide a few statements to the Department of Law Enforcement. First, you’ll need to show that your case was dismissed, that charges were dropped, or that an indictment or other form wasn’t issued. You’ll also need to show that your case wasn’t one of the cases that are ineligible for expunction.
One you’ve received your certificate, you can then present the certificate and your statement about the charges to the department. From there, your record may be expunged.
Get Your Florida Record Expunged with a Lawyer’s Help
Unfortunately, getting your record expunged or sealed may not be an easy process. Your petition may be denied, or you may have trouble getting the detailed answers you need to act on your expunction. Fortunately, a Tampa lawyer from Hersem Law can help.
We understand how difficult a criminal record can make your life, and we’re here to help you recover. If you’re struggling to overcome your criminal record, reach out for a free strategy session, where we’ll discuss your case and help you plan to fight back.
Ready to get started? Your Tampa expungement lawyer is ready to help. Begin by calling 813-251-7291 or by filling out the online form below.