Record Sealing

Criminal Defense Lawyer serving St Lucie, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee including Fort Pierce, Port St Lucie, Stuart & surrounding cities.

If you or someone you care about in Saint Lucie has ever been arrested it may have come to light that the criminal arrest record arising from the incident can cause you many headaches. This can include seeking employment, housing, or State licenses. Whether your charges were dropped or you received a withhold of adjudication and were not convicted, the criminal record may still be causing you problems.

If you qualify under the guidelines set out by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (if the arrest did not result in a conviction), sealing your criminal arrest record is a great way to open up doors that may have previously been shut. It's also a great way to put an unfortunate incident behind you and generally improve your life. If the Judge currently assigned to your case in the county where the incident originated can be persuaded to grant a petition to seal your criminal record, that criminal charge will no longer be available to the general public.

Also, if you successfully seal your Florida Criminal Record under Florida Statute §943.059(4)(a) you may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrest covered by the sealed record, except when the subject of the record:

  1. Is a candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency;
  2. Is a defendant in a criminal prosecution;
  3. Is seeking the sealing of his or her record concurrently or subsequently to the current request;
  4. Is a candidate for admission to The Florida Bar;
  5. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by or to contract with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, or the Department of Juvenile Justice or to be employed or used by such contractor or licensee in a sensitive position having direct contact with children, the developmentally disabled, the aged, or the elderly;
  6. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by the Department of Education, any district school board, any university laboratory school, any charter school, any private or parochial school, or any local governmental entity that licenses child care facilities;
  7. Is attempting to purchase a firearm from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer and is subject to a criminal history background check under state or federal law; or
  8. Is seeking authorization from a Florida seaport for employment within or access to one or more of such seaports, pursuant to Florida Statute §311.

Brian H. Mallonee is a board certified criminal trial specialist. He regularly helps good folks seal a criminal felony, juvenile or misdemeanor arrest record if they were originally arrested in St. Lucie (Fort Pierce, Port St Lucie), Indian River (Vero Beach, Sebastian), or Martin (Stuart, Jensen Beach, Palm City) County, Florida. To determine if you qualify, and to talk to a criminal attorney about sealing your record, don't hesitate to call us for a free evaluation at (772) 464-1991.

Brian Mallonee is a Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving St Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties