Gainesville Lawyer Fletcher is an AV® Peer Review Rated Criminal Defense attorney who represents
clients in Federal and State criminal matters across the State of Florida.
Gloria W. Fletcher, P.A.
4510 NW 6th Place 3rd Floor
Gainesville, Florida 32607
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  Sealing Records and Expungements
Are you looking for a fresh start, but you feel like you are being followed by your convictions? Florida law permits many types of criminal arrest records and court dispositions to be sealed from public disclosure. Once sealed, the convicted can lawfully deny any prior arrests or convictions on employment and school applications. Your convictions can be removed from public record thus helping you to restore your reputation and start over. Contact us today to see if you are eligible to get your record sealed or expunged. Our dedicated legal representative will help you petition to seal or expunge your criminal record without delay so you can focus on your future and leave your past behind.

How the Process Works
Before you can present your petition to the court, you must first acquire a certificate of eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The process will include a fingerprint submission and you will also need to turn over a sealed, certified copy of the disposition order of the case. We are happy to take care of the disposition order for you as part of our service to you. Once this is completed, we will present a petition to the appropriate court and state’s attorney’s office. Keep in mind that the entire process can take more than 60 days. We will be there for you every step of the way to inform you of the progress and what comes next in the process. Once the seal is granted by the court(s), you will need to purchase certified copies from the Clerk of the Court to distribute to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

There are some stipulations in order to get your record sealed. You must not have a prior record sealed. Additionally, you may only seal a record that did not result in a criminal conviction. For example, first arrests may not necessarily result in a conviction. Instead the court may declare “withhold adjudication of guilt”, which means that a formal conviction is withheld and the defendant is not formally convicted of a crime. There are subtleties and nuances to the record sealing process. You will need a trusted lawyer who can help you through each step of the process. When it comes to saving your name, you need someone with experience who understands how the procedure works from beginning to end. You may only have one shot to get your record sealed so put your reputation in our hands.
Call 352.374.4007 today for a confidential consultation if you or a loved one are in need of a Gainesville attorney.

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