Expunging Or Sealing A Criminal Record Must Be Done By An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2014 - Being arrested for a crime may impact on the ability to get a job.
“While you may have been arrested for committing a crime, it does not mean you committed that crime. However, if it generates an arrest record, this may affect your ability to get a job and ruin your reputation with your workers, friends and neighbors. There are options open to you to deal with this record, expungement or sealing. I can explain both and which may best suit your circumstances,” says Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney.
A criminal defense lawyer is the only avenue open to those with a record to have their criminal history removed from the public arena, including getting a mugshot removed from the Sheriff’s website and getting the information pertaining to the arrest erased from the clerk’s online records. This results in the ability to lawfully deny an arrest.
Those charged with crimes need to speak with a competent criminal defense attorney before they land in court. “This is because the ability to expunge or seal your arrest record may be harmed if charges are not resolved in the right way,” adds Grajek. “With the multitude of websites showing mugshots and posting arrest details online, you need to protect your reputation as expediently as possible.”
Sealing a record is only possible if the individual has no criminal convictions listed. This means if they plead to a criminal charge, the result must be a withhold of adjudication for every charge requiring a plea. However, some criminal charges mean a record cannot be sealed.
“For example, a domestic violence arrest cannot be sealed, whether there is a withhold of adjudication or not. Do not go to court without speaking to experienced defense counsel. It may mean the difference between being able to remove your record from the public eye or not,” explains Grajek. “It may even be possible to plead to an alternative charge in order to be able to seal a record later.”
Even if charges are dropped, an individual’s information is still in the clerk’s files and a mugshot appears online. The record would show the individual was arrested and charged and the charges dropped. However, this is public information and not everyone takes the time to read the details. To make that record vanish requires the expertise of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.
Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
View Larger Map
- What do DUI Field Sobriety Tests look like at the roadside and what is wrong with this DUI video?
Recently, professional boxer Adrian Broner was arrested in Ohio for Driving Under the Influence. There was a dash-cam of the stop and of Broner performing Field Sobriety Exercises (FSE’s). DUI lawyers DO NOT call these Field Sobriety Tests because these unnatural exercises are not a pass/fail test. The video can be seen here: http://www.tmz.com/2015/04/17/adrien-broner-dui-arrest-video-ohio-rich-famous/ What’s wrong with this DUI investigation? This DUI arrest was in Ohio by a member of the Ohio State Patrol so the law may be different than in Florida, but she immediately orders him out of the vehicle. In Florida, this may be a violation of […]
- I am being investigated by the police, should I talk to the police officer BEFORE I get arrested?
Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murder today. After days of deliberation the jury returned their guilty verdict. Why did the jury find him guilty? The jurors said it was because Hernandez lied to owner Robert Kraft about the incident! New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft testified that Hernandez told him he was in a club at the time of Lloyd’s death. The problem with this statement was that the prosecution never told the jury exactly when Lloyd was shot. If the prosecution did not know the time of death, how did Hernandez, unless he was […]
- NFL 1st round draft prospect arrested for DUI in Florida.
Former Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams was arrested for driving under the influence in Tallahassee early Friday morning. He was projected to go in the 1st round of the upcoming NFL draft, but this may cause him to drop to a lower round in the draft. A DUI or any criminal charge can affect your job too, so if you are arrested call an experienced criminal defense attorney IMMEDIATELY. There are a number of steps an aggressive criminal lawyer can take to improve your defense to the criminal charge. Some of these steps include taking photographs of the scene, obtaining witness […]