What Does It Mean to Expunge Your Record?

People make mistakes that can lead straight to a criminal record. For many, it was one bad day that led to lifelong consequences. Those consequences can potentially haunt you for the rest of your life and impact things you may have never thought possible. Luckily, there is a legal remedy that is worth exploring.

Most people are familiar with the term “expunge your record”, but not everybody is clear about what that process really means. Here, we will discuss what it means to expunge your record and how it can change your life. This process has the potential to completely turn your life around.

Explaining Expungement

Expungement of your record simply means that your criminal record is no longer public. If someone does a simple search of your criminal record they will not see that particular case. However, it is important to realize that expunging your record does not mean that it goes away forever. In fact, there are some entities, such as the FBI, who will still have access to an expunged record for statistical purposes.

What Do You Gain?

If your record is still somewhat out there, then what does a person actually gain from expungement? Actually, there is a considerable amount of relief that a person may experience, including:

  • Your record is removed from a number of agencies, including the local law enforcement office.
  • Your record will no longer be classified as public record in the state of Florida.
  • Your arrest information cannot be given to a corporation or individual for any purpose.
  • Under most circumstances you can deny your arrest record ever occurred.

Who Can Get an Expungement in Florida?

The State of Florida is somewhat more relaxed on expungement criteria. Unlike most states, Florida does not require that you are a first-time offender. Additionally, you can file for an expungement if you were not convicted of a crime. Please be aware that a guilty verdict or plea does not necessarily mean that you were convicted of a crime.  However, please be aware that Florida does not offer expungement for traffic violations or suspended driver’s license cases.


There are a number of instances where having your criminal record expunged could be a great benefit to you. Expunging your record allows you to move on from your mistakes and live a fulfilling life. Some situations in which expungement could be beneficial include the following:

  • Applying for a new job;
  • Applying for college;
  • You want to avoid friends or family finding out;
  • You are starting a new relationship; or
  • You are looking to advance your career.

An arrest record can negatively impact a number of areas in your life. Expungement simply offers a solution to remedy those issues.

Criminal Defense

If you are looking for an attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida, look no further than Scott Skier. Attorney Skier has years of experience managing diverse criminal cases. He understands that each client is unique and each case should be handled with exceptional care. Contact him today for a free, no obligation consultation. He is ready to help you!

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