Misdemeanor Expungement

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Misdemeanors in Florida are either in the first or second degree. First-degree misdemeanors are punishable by no more than one year in jail or 12 months probation and $1000 in fines. Second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by no more than 60 days in jail or 6 months probation and $500 in fines.

One may assume that since the offense is “only a misdemeanor” that they have nothing to worry about moving forward, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Although it is not a felony, it will still show up on background checks and hinder one’s ability to secure employment even if you do not serve any jail time. Those who wish to have their misdemeanor record cleared should seek the services of an experienced attorney.

The Orlando misdemeanor expungement lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can provide the legal services needed for a successful expungement. With over 100 years of combined experience, we understand the drawbacks of having a misdemeanor offense on your record and can make you aware of the possibility of expungement and necessary ensuing actions.

Expungeable Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor expungement is the process of having your record cleared of identified misdemeanor offenses. You cannot be convicted or adjudicated  guilty of any crime to qualify. Some of the most common misdemeanor offenses include:

  • DUI
  • Traffic violations
  • Vandalism
  • Trespassing
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Marijuana possession (under 20 grams)
  • Shoplifting
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Giving alcohol to a minor

Many crimes cannot be expunged according to Florida law, but a vast majority of those are felony offenses.

Achieving Misdemeanor Expungement

The expungement process is one that is strict and has many requirements that must be met before expungement could even be considered an option. To file for misdemeanor expungement, one must first obtain an application for the Certificate of Eligibility via download or email request.

The application must include the requested additional items including a disposition detailing the case or charges you are seeking to have expunged and a set of fingerprints. Particular sections of the application must be completed in the presence of a notary.

After filing your request, the Department of Law Enforcement will either deny or grant your Certificate of Eligibility. If granted, you must submit your petition to the court that originally handled your case and provide a copy for the state attorney and arresting officer. A granted petition will result in a successfully expunged record.

Orlando Misdemeanor Expungement Lawyer

While going through the process without legal representation is possible, your chances of having your record sealed drastically increases with the help of an experienced attorney. The Orlando misdemeanor expungement lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can help ensure that the necessary paperwork is filed in a timely fashion and no crucial steps of the process are overlooked. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.