Can I seal my criminal record?
here is my history i have a 2008 poss of cannbis case with a withold of adjudicant
then in 2012 i had resisting with violence, poss of cannabis, and poss of drug paraphilia...i got a with hold on all three counts in the same case.
can i seal the entire 2012 case? all three counts were in the same case thanks, generally whats the range and the timeline to get it sealed
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Of all three of your 2012 cases happened during the same course of conduct you should be eligible. This usually takes between 4-6 months from start to finish. Contact a local lawyer for assistance.
You can seal one or the other but not both.
If you look at the following website you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the sealing / expunction process:
The procedure is both quite detailed and somewhat painstaking but is also far from being rocket science. You can attempt to navigate it yourself (FDLE has tried to simplify it - again I refer you to the website above) but, assuming your eligibility, any criminal defense lawyer (anywhere in Florida - this can be done remotely and does not necessarily require a local attorney, although a local attorney may or may not be less expensive) will be able to accomplish the task with greater ease and likely in a shorter time period.
That said I suspect that it doesn't much matter where you were arrested, what you were arrested for, what the final disposition was or whether or not you sealed / expunged the record. This is 2014 and we are forehead deep into the internet age, where nothing is private, sacred or truly hidden from public scrutiny.
Sadly, sealing (and expunging) only applies to certain (not even to all) government agencies and has no effect whatsoever on private (er, extortionist) enterprise, who compile and maintain arrest information and then demand that you pay them off to remove your information from their database and public access. Worse still, after you "buy back your information", then you can count on there being another private company lurking, somewhere, sometime, somehow, just waiting for you to pay them off as well. Its a seemingly never-ending vicious cycle.
For better or for worse you are probably best advised to take the wind out of the sails by admitting your past issues / indiscretions to your present (or potential) employer, lender, landlord, etcetera, rather than waiting for them to find out on their own.
I hope that this has been helpful.
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You can seal one case one time. What this means is that if all of the charges stemmed from the same transaction or occurrence, then they should all be eligible for sealing as long as all of those charges resulted in withholds of adjudication. You should have the option to seal either the 2008 case or the 2012 case. Based on the number of offenses on the 2012 case, it may be a better idea to move forward with a record seal on the 2012 case. Contact a seal/expunge lawyer for assistance. Good luck.
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Yes, you can seal your 2012 case. Here in Orlando, the average turnaround time is about 8 months from start to finish. Prices vary from firm to firm, so you'll need to call around to get specifics but it's not an expensive process.
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