Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, a mistake can result in a criminal record. This criminal record will follow a person forever, but there is a way to fix this. In some cases, you may be able to get your record expunged. To expunge a record in Jacksonville, Florida, there are certain requirements that must be met:
- The case did not result in a criminal conviction. Either the prosecutor never filed the case, the charges were dropped or dismissed, you were acquitted, or the conviction was withheld. If the conviction was withheld or you were acquitted, your record must have been sealed for 10 years. Therefore, if you are trying to get a withheld conviction or acquittal sealed, you need to seal the file first, and then have it expunged.
- You must have no prior criminal record that resulted in a conviction and you can only expunge one arrest. In order to expunge a record in Jacksonville, Florida, you cannot have a conviction in Jacksonville, Florida or in any other city or state.
- There are certain charges that may not be expunged. For a list, see Florida Statute Section 943.0585.
- The proper paperwork and background check must be completed.