If you have been arrested and convicted of criminal activity in the past, it is very likely that you are feeling his weight of your actions years down the road. Some would go as far to say that once your penalties are completed for your crime, the aftermath is even worse to deal with because of the marks that are on your criminal record. In fact, many employers may have a big concern with regard to ex-convicts and therefore cause you to either lose your job or have an extremely difficult time obtaining employment at a job that pays more than minimum wage.
Depending on the type of crime you were convicted of, there is a possibility that you may be able to have your record expunged at some point in your life. While your record will never be erased, having a criminal record expungement means that the public eye will no longer have access to your records when looking during an employment background check, for example.
There are a number of factors that are taken into consideration before a court will allow for you to have your record concealed. First off, they will look at how long ago the crime was committed and your current criminal record with regards to how you have stayed clear of illegal activities during that time. Next, the court will also take into consideration the specific crime you were convicted of, before they determine whether they will let you have your record cleared. For example, they will generally not allow for a sex offender to have his or her record expunged because the court deems them to be a threat in some way to society.
Another factor that will be considered is any other offenses on your criminal record either before or after your conviction for the crime in which you are seeking to have expunged. In the event you are considering seeking have your record expunged, please contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. today for a trusted Tampa criminal defense lawyer who will fight on your behalf!