Fort Lauderdale Criminal Record Expungement Lawyer

Having a criminal record can affect your entire life, but the Law Offices of R. David Williams, P.A., can devise strategies to have the court expunge your record.
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Criminal Record Expungement Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

A criminal record can impact the rest of your life. Depending on the charges on your record, having such marks can make it difficult to secure employment and qualify for financial benefits. You may also struggle to get housing, vote, or serve in the community.

The good news is that you don’t have to allow a criminal record to dictate your life. With the right help, you may be able to have a court expunge your record and clear your name, so that you can move forward with new resolve and peace of mind.

Record Expungement: What It Means

As the term suggests, to expunge your criminal record means to have it removed, so that no one can tell you were previously charged with a crime. Here are a few other important things to keep in mind:
  • The expungement directs the court to treat you as though you never had a criminal conviction.
  • The expungement removes the conviction from the legal record.
  • A judge or court must order the expungement.
  • In some states, the files might be expunged from public records but remain sealed and accessible for law enforcement.
Schedule a free consultation with our Fort Lauderdale criminal record expungement lawyer today to explore your options and devise a sound strategy.

Differences And Similarities Between Sealing And Expunging A Record

The terms “record expungement” and “record sealing” are often used interchangeably, but there are key differences.

When a court seals your criminal records, the record of the charge still exists, but is only available to certain government agencies. However, a court order can unseal a record and allow others to see it. This can occur in instances such as if you apply for a job with a criminal justice agency or if you are the subject of future criminal prosecution. Unsealing can also be ordered if you apply for a job in a public or private school.

An expunged record, on the other hand, is destroyed from most databases permanently, and only law enforcement can acquire access to it. Most of the entities that can view a sealed record cannot view an expunged one.

When A Conviction Is Eligible For Expungement

If law enforcement mistakenly arrests a person, that record is eligible for expungement. This is the case with a juvenile or an adult. In the state of Florida, you are also eligible for expungement if the charges against you were dropped or dismissed, or if you were acquitted. In any case, you are only eligible if you’ve never been convicted of a criminal offense.

It is important to note that all juvenile convictions will automatically be expunged once the individual in question reaches a certain age.

A third way to get an expungement is if you have never sealed or expunged another arrest record in the state of Florida. Exceptions, however, do exist, so it is crucial that you speak with a Fort Lauderdale criminal record expungement lawyer as soon as possible.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation and explore your legal options.

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  • Confidential Case Assessment - During your confidential case assessment we will listen to the details of your case, and formulate a strategy to defend you as well as possible.
  • Highly Rated & Reviewed - Highly rated on Google, with a 5 star rating on respected legal site AVVO.
  • Focused Legal Practice - Our Attorneys have been helping individuals like you Navigate the law for over 25 years. Criminal Law is our top priority, let us make you and your case part of that focus.
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  • Bilingual - At the Law Offices of R. David Williams, we have staff that are fluent in English and Spanish, ensuring that each client gets proper representation.
  • Straight Shooters - Your situation requires honesty from both us and yourself. We will tell you what you need to know, not necessarily what you want to hear. Our approach focuses on efficiency and speed to resolve cases as quickly as we can.
  • No Case Too Difficult - This is where tenacity and knowledge of the law matter. We do what is necessary, even in complex cases.

  • Free Consultation – Discuss the case and explore your legal options during the free consultation with the attorney.

  • Highly Rated – Our firm has accumulated numerous 5-star reviews on Google and the legal site Avvo.

  • Personal Attention – As a psychology major in college, David Williams is positioned to help clients with their legal needs while providing individualized attention and support to each client.

  • No Case Is Too Big or Small – Our criminal defense attorney handles everything from traffic tickets to grand theft, drug charges and other major felony offenses. Regardless of the charge, you will have an advocate by your side when you choose R. David Williams to represent you.

  • Tailored Representation – We don’t treat clients as numbers. Instead, they are real people who require tailored representation. Thus, our firm customizes services based on your circumstances and needs.

Other Expungement Eligibility Options

Your lawyer will review your case and criminal history. Under Florida law, it is possible for you to be found guilty but not be convicted. You can get an expungement of your records even if you were found guilty or pled guilty to charges. There are instances, however, when you cannot have a record sealed or expunged when adjudication is withheld, including sexual misconduct, terrorism, manslaughter or homicide, and aggravated assault.

Guiding You Through The Process

If you have a criminal record, the thought of having that information removed and destroyed provides much relief. However, you do not want to go through this process alone. A qualified Fort Lauderdale criminal record expungement lawyer can help. Your attorney will have the necessary experience and knowledge to petition the court for an expungement. The first step you should take is to schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of R. David Williams, P.A., so that we may examine your eligibility and explore your legal options.
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  • “Not gonna lie. I was scared at first – of course w anything w laws it’s very scary. But David was very professional , honest and true to his word. I felt so much better and confident that he was definitely gonna help me. And he did !! I’m truly grateful for him and his staff- his assistant Jessica is very warm and kind and is always on top of everything. Thank you guys so much!”

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  • “Not gonna lie. I was scared at first – of course w anything w laws it’s very scary. But David was very professional , honest and true to his word. I felt so much better and confident that he was definitely gonna help me. And he did !! I’m truly grateful for him and his staff- his assistant Jessica is very warm and kind and is always on top of everything. Thank you guys so much!”

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Most importantly, David Williams makes it a priority to give you personalized service and attention with regard to your criminal case. Call our office at your convenience for a free consultation. We will schedule a personal consultation at your convenience with the attorney to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your criminal case in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County. David Williams will provide you with the defense and counseling that is required to have a successful outcome for your criminal case.

David Williams prides himself on providing personal attention with regard to all aspects of your criminal or traffic matter. David Williams will provide you with a fair fee for the work required and will extend a payment plan that is suitable to your needs for your criminal matter.

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