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Florida Record Sealing and Expungement 

James Coulter Record Sealing and Expungement Attorney

A criminal record can damage a person's reputation long after his or her case been resolved. Public records of criminal offenses are not only embarrassing, but they can prohibit people from obtaining employment, education, or housing benefits throughout the state of Florida.

The data indicates that ther are over 10,000 criminal arrests, reports, charges, and criminal records that are currently eligable for sealing and or expungement in the state of Florida.   That means that thousands of citizens throughout the State of Florida as well as citizens that were visiting the State Florida have criminal charges that are creating blemishes on their records.  These charges are likely either preventing them from gaining employment or tarnishing their record and their reputation.  

The good news is that these individuals may be eligible to have their criminal records sealed or expunged.  Sealing and expunging a criminal record in Florida is the same as effectively providing  a clean slate that allows individuals to move on with their life after they have been sentenced, arrested, or chiminally charged. The process to expunge or seal a criminal record in Florida can be complicated.  It is both wise and prudent to have an experienced lawyer who can navigate the steps involved in this process rather than finding an attorney who has not been through the process before.    The Law Offices of James B Coutler has a team specifically dedicated to the sealing and expungement of criminal records throughtout the state of Florida.  We offer a free consutation to review that process with you and to help determine if you might be eligable before we quote you a fee.  Mr Coutler has been handling and fighting these issues sucessfully with the State of Florida for over a decade and would be honored to serve you as well.  

Brevard County Florida based Lawyers serving the entire state of Florirda as the best and most Experienced Expungement Attorneys

If you are hoping to expunge or seal your criminal record, you should contact an experienced attorney who is familiar with this procedure. James Coulter has helped thousands of clients complete necessary paperwork and petitions, submit documents to the appropriate agencies, and prepare for any hearing when necessary to effectively seal and expunge a client's record.

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter handles cases throughout the state of Florida.  Our success over the years with regard to the sealing and expungment of criminal records has led us to expanding our work to a vast amount of areas and counties throughout Florida.  We currently have cases that we handle from jacksonvilele to the Florida Keys.   We are happy to travel to you and/or conduct a telephonic free consultation should you not be within driving distance of one of our offices.  Do not make the mistake of simply hiring the attorney next door because of proximinty to you.  You might only have once chance to properly seal and expunge your record.  Be sure to hire an attorney that is expierenced in the sealing and expungemnt of criminal records. Ask and demand that they provide you the number of cases that they have sealed and expunged before hiring at attorney.      Call (321) 586-9944 today to have our firm review your case during a free, no obligation consultation, as we are happy to tell you whether you qualify for a proper seal and expungement of your criminal record in the state of Florida.   

Overview of Florida Record Sealing / Expungement

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Sealing Criminal Record vs. Expunging Criminal Record in Brevard County

Contrary to popular belief, sealing a criminal record and expunging a criminal record in the state of Florida one are not the same. There are some key distinctions between the two procedures.

  • Sealing Criminal History Records, Florida Statute §943.059 — You can only have your record sealed if adjudication was withheld in your criminal case. The public no longer has access to a criminal record after it has been sealed. Only certain governmental or other approved entities are entitled to have access to the information in its entirety. The sealed criminal record is kept on file at the courthouse and the arresting police agency, and a record of the arrest is also kept by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
  • Expunging Criminal History Records, Florida Statute §943.0585 — You can only have your record expunged if charges were never filed against you, your case was dismissed, or you were acquitted by a judge or jury. A criminal record that has been expunged must be physically destroyed or obliterated by any criminal justice agency having custody of such record. The only agency that keeps a record of the arrest is FDLE.

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Florida Eligibility for Record Sealing / Expungement

You are only allowed to expunge or seal criminal record of one incident in your life. In order to be eligible to have your record sealed or expunged, you need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • No previous sealing or expungement of criminal records
  • Never adjudicated of any criminal offense at any time
  • Not in any diversion program or under any type of court supervision

Additionally, you will be ineligible to seal or expunge your record if you have ever entered a guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) plea to any of the following offenses:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Stalking
  • Aircraft piracy
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Carjacking
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon
  • Child Abuse
  • Communications Fraud Act Violations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Homicide
  • Illegal use of Explosives
  • Kidnapping
  • Lewd or Lascivious Acts
  • Manslaughter
  • Obscenity
  • Open Carry of a Weapon
  • Prostitution
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Battery
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Terrorism

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Agencies Entitled to Sealed / Expunged Records in Brevard County and all other counties throughout the state of Florida

Even after a criminal record has been expunged or sealed, certain entities may still be able to have access to sealed records or learn that records have been expunged. These agencies can include:

  • Contractor or licensees dealing with children
  • Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
  • Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities
  • Florida Department of Children and Family Services
  • Florida Department of Education
  • Florida Department of Elderly Affairs
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Private schools
  • Public schools
  • The Florida Bar

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Florida Record Sealing / Expungement Resources

Brevard County Clerk of Courts — On this website, you can learn more about how to request an order to seal or expunge a criminal record as well as how to file a notice of appeal. There are also links to Certificates of Eligibility, the Florida Bar's Rules of Criminal Procedure, and an appeals filing fee chart.

Melbourne Branch Courthouse

51 South Nieman

Avenue, Melbourne 32901

(321) 637-5413

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) — You can find instructions for applying for a Certificate of Eligibility or a Juvenile Diversion Expunction on this website. There are also answers to frequently asked questions, downloadable applications for Juvenile Diversion Expungement and Lawful Self-Defense Expungement, and reasons for denial.

The Papillon Foundation — This nonprofit organization helps ex-offenders clean up their criminal records so they can reintegrate into society and become productive citizens. The website contains answers to frequently asked questions about expungement, databases, and links to several guides and forms.

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A Record Sealing Lawyer in Melbourne Florida handling sealing and expungement throughout the state of Florida

Do you want to seal or expunge your criminal record? Attorney James B. Coulter helps people from various communities in the Sunshine State erase public records of their past mistakes in a timely and efficient manner.

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter represents clients throughout Melbourne Florida and throughout the state of Florida as well as tourists and people from other states who have criminal records in Florida. You can receive a complete evaluation of your case when you call (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

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