Recently, we sat down with Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Frank Kerney to discuss the expungement process in Florida. "The State of Florida permits one expungement during your lifetime. An expungement is only available for a charge that you were not adjudicated guilty for. It is important to remember that you may or may not be eligible based on your record." Mr. Kerney went on to explain that "the first step in this process - determining eligibility - can be accomplished simply by contacting a Tampa Criminal Defense lawyer at Taracks & Associates for a free consultation: 813-281-2897. We will evaluate your case free of charge." Once it is determined that you are eligible, Mr. Kerney says you must complete the following steps:
- Have your finger prints taken at your local police station.
- Fill out the Expungement application and have it notarized ("a member of our staff is available to notarize documents for you at no additional charge" Mr. Kerney says.)
- Send your Expungement application to the State Attorney's Office for approval.
- After you are approved, a packet with the appropriate documentation and filing fee will be prepared and submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE.)
- If FDLE approves your application, they will send back a certificate of eligibility.
- The last step is petitioning the Court and going before the Judge from your original case where you will respectfully request that he grant your request to expunge your record.
"This process can take several months and can be very stressful. Having the right attorney can make things much easier. Call Taracks & Associates today for a free consultation at 813-281-2897. We will be happy to discuss your case and help you determine your eligibility absolutely free of charge." Mr. Kerney says having your record expunged can make life much easier. "Employers are very critical in today's market and expect you to have a clean record. This process costs very little compared to the benefit you receive."
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