A recent study by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that 92 percent of employers run background checks on job applicants—so it is not surprising that having a criminal record can hinder your chance at getting a job. Fortunately, you may be able to have your criminal record cleared, which can ultimately help you on your job search.
Having your criminal record sealed or expunged can give you a “new” start and is a beneficial option if you are having a difficult time finding employment.
Sealing vs. Expunging
Both sealing or expunging your criminal record can help you on your search for a job; however, sealing and expunging are two different things. When your criminal record is sealed it is not accessible to the public, although the record is still on file at the courthouse as well as the arresting police agency. On the other hand, when your criminal record is expunged, the courthouse and the arresting police agency essentially destroy it and the only party who has access to it is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
How Can I Seal or Expunge My Criminal Record?
Not everyone is able to seal or expunge his or her criminal record. In order to have a criminal record sealed, these requirements must be met:
– The individual has not been convicted of another crime.
– The individual has not been adjudicated a juvenile delinquent.
– The individual has not sealed or expunged a criminal record before.
– The individual is not under court-ordered supervision.
– The individual is looking to seal or expunge an eligible charge under Florida law.
If any individual meets the above requirements, then he or she may be able to seal or expunge a criminal record. To do so, an application must be submitted for a Certificate of Eligibility to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The application must be signed in front of a public notary and submitted alongside a $75 fee and fingerprints. If the Certificate of Eligibility is granted, they will then file a petition to have their criminal record sealed or expunged.
Contact the Legal Team at the Khonsari Law Group
If you have a criminal record and are looking for a job, more than likely your past discrepancies are hindering your search. Fortunately, sealing or expunging your criminal record is a viable option. Although it may seem easy to seal or expunge your record, it is always beneficial to have an experienced legal professional on your side.
The professionals at the Khonsari Law Group have dealt with cases like these and can guide you through the application process. This will ensure the best possible outcome for your situation and will prevent any unnecessary delays. For more information on sealing and expungement, contact us today at (727) 269-5300 or schedule your free consultation online.