If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime in Lake County a record will automatically be generated and maintained by the government. That record is viewable by the public. This is true even if the charges are against you were dropped or diverted. These records are maintained by various government agencies including The Lake County sheriff’s department, the arresting agency (Clermont PD, Eustis PD, Groveland PD, Lady Lake PD, Leesburg PD, Mount Dora PD and Tavares PD……), The Lake County State Attorney’s office and The Lake County Clerk of Court. Those records of your past can be easily viewed by potential employers, neighbors or the general public. This is not helpful especially after getting the charges against you dropped or diverted.
Whether you are applying for a job, trying to get a loan, or looking for an apartment, your criminal history will always draw unwanted attention even if you were wrongfully accused. It is frustrating when the charges go away but the records still hurt you in the public eye. As Criminal defense attorneys we frequently talk to individuals with retail theft charges, resisting arrest or other charges in Lake County. Once they’re done with a diversion program leading to their case being dismissed, charges get dropped or have had their record sealed for at least ten years, our Lake County record expungement attorneys can file the expungement paperwork with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Are you eligible to get your Lake County recond expunged?
- Either your case has been dismissed or completed a diversion program (you are eligible as soon as the case is formally closed) or have had your record sealed for at least 10 years.
- You must have no Adjudications of Guilt on your record for any criminal offense in any State.
- You must have never applied for a record sealing or expungement prior in any State. As of July 1, 2013, a previous seal or expunction of a criminal record in a jurisdiction outside the state of Florida will not disqualify an applicant to seal or expunge a Florida criminal history record.
- Your crime must not be one listed in Florida Statute 907.041 (Most sex crimes and violent crimes). Any case can be expunged if it was dropped or dismissed and you are otherwise eligible.