Expunging a Criminal Record: South Carolina Versus Florida Law

In Jacksonville Florida, a person convicted crime cannot seal or expunge his criminal record.  However, if a Florida criminal defendant is given a withhold of adjudication on the crime, he may be able to seal his Florida record.  According to Florida’s expungement law, that criminal defendant must have his Florida criminal record sealed for 10 years in order to expunge his Florida criminal record. 

Unlike Florida law, South Carolina expungement laws are more lenient.  In South Carolina, a person that has been convicted of a crime may apply to have his South Carolina criminal record expunged.  Anyone with a South Carolina criminal record may expunge his record if he has been convicted of the following:
  1. Fraudulent Checks (unless the crime is a felony).
  2. Simple Possession of Marijuana (this applies to criminal defendants under 26 years old).
  3. Minor Offenses (a conviction in magistrate or municipal court).
Additionally, South Carolina Expungement Laws allow a criminal defendant to expunge his South Carolina criminal record if the charges were dismissed or he completed a South Carolina pre-trial intervention program.  
To learn more about Expunging a Criminal Record in South Carolina, contact a South Carolina Record Expunging Attorney.  
If you have questions about Sealing or Expunging a Criminal Record in Florida, contact a Florida Record Expunging Lawyer.  
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