Expunging a Sex Offense in Florida

Sex crimes are one of the worst things to have on your criminal record. Not only do they show that you’ve had prior run-ins with the law but also that you may be considered an immediate danger to others. The negative connotation associated with those who are accused of sex crimes is widely shared and can hinder your ability to grow professionally. If you’ve previously faced charges for a sex crime and you got the charge dropped, you really need to get that record expunged from your record, reach out to a criminal defense lawyer experienced in expungement.

The Orlando sex crime lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined experience representing those accused of various sex crimes. We understand the effect of having a sex crime on your record can have and can help you move forward with your life. Speak with our attorneys to learn more about your expungement options.

How to Get a Sex Offense Expunged

Before we pursue expungement, we must first identify whether or not your charge qualifies. Once that is determined, we will start by submitting an application to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). They will conduct a background check of their own to ensure eligibility. Once the FDLE determines that you qualify, they’ll issue a Certificate of Eligibility and provide it to us. You must have your charge dropped and have no other convictions on your record at all.

We will take that certificate and file a motion or petition with the court along with copies of the certificate. The judge can choose to grant your motion on the spot or schedule a hearing. If the judge chooses to hold a hearing they’ll do so to look into:

  • The facts of your case
  • Whether you fulfilled the terms of your sentence
  • Any recent criminal activity

Both you and your attorney will have a chance to present arguments to the judge as to why you should be granted the expungement. Let us be honest with you!  That hearing will be a battle and we will need to really show the judge you are a good person who deserves a second chance at clearing your name. We need you to be on point, prepared and ready to share why you are entitled to getting this record expunged.  

Benefits of Getting a Sex Offense Expunged

Those convicted of a sex crime are disqualified from expungement. However, if the charges were dropped or you were found not guilty, you may be eligible to have the charge expunged. One may wonder “What’s the point of expunging the charge if I was never convicted?” This is a common inquiry, and the answer is simple.

Regardless of if you were found guilty or sentenced, the charge will remain on your record. As long as it is on your record, it can show up on background checks and interfere with your ability to gain employment or progress in your field. Even something as simple as volunteering at your child’s school or to be a little league coach may be prohibited due to the sex crime on your criminal record. To avoid having to ever deal with these consequences, it is crucial that you pursue expungement options as soon as possible.

Orlando Sex Crime Lawyers

The Orlando sex crime lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm firmly believe that being charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted; therefore you should not have to live with associated consequences. Our team of criminal defense lawyers can analyze your case and discuss expungement eligibility and serve as your legal representation throughout the process. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.