Start the expungement process at least six months before you head off onto the job market, if at all possible. Although there are instances in which an expungement is granted in fairly short speed, normally the process ends up being rather time consuming.
Obtain a form for a motion for expungement from the clerk's office at the court where you were convicted and sentenced for the crime in question. Typically court clerks maintain a selection of standard forms to be used by individuals with business before the court who are not represented by an attorney.
Complete the motion form, including the date when you completed the sentence handed down by the court. Laws governing expungement do not permit a person to seek this type of relief until a set period of time passes from the date the sentence concluded (including any term of parole).
File the motion with the clerk of the court. The clerk will provide you with a hearing date.
Send a copy of the motion for expungement to the prosecuting attorney. If she desires the prosecuting attorney is able to lodge an objection to your expungement request.
Appear at the hearing and present your position regarding why you should be granted an expungement. Provided the prosecuting attorney lodges no significant objection, and you have a clean record since the conviction for the crime you want expunged, the court may grant your request.
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement: Expungement Process
- "Expungements: Freedom From the Disability of a Legal Record;" J. D. Eastman; 2005
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