When applying for a job, you will most certainly be asked if you have been arrested or entered a plea to a criminal offense. Florida law generally allows you to legally deny or fail to acknowledge an arrest that was sealed or expunged with few exceptions. Under the exception to this general rule, you can not deny or fail to acknowledge an arrest under one of the following circumstances:
- If you are applying for employment or access to a seaport.
- If you are applying for admission to the Florida Bar.
- If you are petitioning to seal or expunge a criminal record.
- If you are applying to change your immigration status.
- If you are a defendant facing a pending charge.
- If you are applying for employment with a criminal justice agency.
- If you are applying for employment or use by such contractor or licensee in a sensitive position having direct contact with children, the developmentally disabled, the aged, or the elderly.
- If you are applying for employment with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Education, any school board, any university laboratory school, and charter school, any private or parochial school, or any local governmental entity that licenses child care facilities.
Contact me today or go to The Law Office of Kurt Teifke so I can assist you with your case. First step is obtaining a certificate of eligibility for expunction or sealing from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. After I obtain your certificate of eligibility, I will file a petition in the court that originally had jurisdiction over your case which states the grounds upon which the request is made and the official records which should be sealed or expunged.