When I was a 16 yr old girl I was in the juvenile detention center, while there I got charged with 2 counts of battery on juvenile detention officers & 2 counts of battery on law enforcement officers and upon going to court the judge decided to charge me as an adult, as bad as it seems I really just only spit on 2 of them an kicked 1 an I was hand cuffed so I didn't injure anyone, plus I'm small so I wasn't much of a threat against these big men officers. But 11 years later Im still being punished, I never been able to get a job or even a crappy apartment because of my record, only being able to survive by staying in a long abusive relationship with my children's dad. I'm so tired of my kids having to pay for things that I did as a kid myself, You'd think that when people seen that you were only a teen they'd know that teenagers are immature and don't usually make the best choices an most go through a rebellious phase especially if they got abused at home or have ADHD like I did, but they don't care how old I was or that I haven't been in trouble for a long time, I'm still denied for everything, before I was even old enough to rent I was going to be denied. Is there any hope?
Sealing is available in a case where you received a withhold of adjudication, and expunction is available in a case which was dismissed, nolle pros'd, no actioned or where you were found to have been not guilty. In Florida you can only seal or expunge one eligible (non-disqualified) offense in your lifetime.
If you look at the following website you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the sealing / expunction process:
I also strongly encourage you to read my AVVO Legal Guide on Sealing and Expunging Records in FL as it contains valuable information supplemental to this answer and should prove to be helpful to you. For your convenience the both links follow and are attached at the bottom of this answer:
Michael A. Haber, Esq.'s AVVO Legal Guide on Sealing and Expunging Records in FL: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/sealing-and-expunging-records-in-fl-a-legal-guide-by-michael-a-haber-esq-miami-criminal-lawyer?published=true
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 2015 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 (for example if fingerprints, mugshots, DNA or anything else - including crime statistics bearing your name or identifying information - were uplaoded to the FBI database then a local Order of Expunction would not effect the Feds) and that it 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 I have been helpful in answering your question.
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Depends on the outcome of your cases? Adjudication, withheld adjudication, dismissal, not guilty after trial, etc.
If you were not adjudicated guilty for any offenses at any time. You can petition to have the case sealed. FDLE must determine that you are eligible. Use the "find a lawyer" feature on Avvo and talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer. They can do a criminal background check for you and send the paperwork to FDLE to determine if you eligible. The attorney will also contact the prosecutor to determine if they have any objections. If no, it should be an easy and quick result for you. Good luck to you.
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