Anyone with a criminal record is typically pleased to find out that they can have their record expunged. It’s important to note, before you get too excited, that expungement is not perfect. While potential employers may not be able to see your criminal history, law enforcement will typically always have access.

Not every mistake you’ve made in the past is eligible for expungement. Here is what can be expunged and what will remain permanently on your record.

General Information

Typically, the crime itself will determine whether or not it is eligible for expungement. Crimes of a serious or violent nature are normally not able to be expunged. Crimes that you committed as a juvenile are. You should also know that expungement is something that is rarely available twice. If you commit crimes after your record is expunged, they will remain on your record.


Being arrested doesn’t mean you were guilty. That said, an old arrest may appear on a background check. Most states will expunge an arrest record, particularly if you were not convicted of the charges.


If you have been convicted of a crime, it will be up to local and state laws whether or not you can expunge your record. For example, some states allow the expungement of DUI convictions and others do not. Some states require that a specific length of time has passed between the conviction and the expungement request.

The expungement process can be a complicated one. While you can certainly petition the court to have your records expunged without legal assistance, it is not generally recommended. An experienced attorney can help you in petitioning the court and filing paperwork correctly.

If you are interested in expungement in Orlando, contact our professional team of defense attorneys. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and advise you of the options you have under current local and state law. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm and how we can assist you.

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