Felony charges can often be the result of drug trafficking activities in Orlando Florida. Trafficking is a first-degree felony charge and includes the possession, sale, purchase, manufacture, or delivery of controlled or illegal substances. When an individual is found guilty of a felony in Orlando Florida, it will most likely stay on a permanent criminal record, unless there are some special agreed upon circumstances between the accused, via their legal counsel, and the State of Florida. It is imperative to hire the most competent criminal lawyer available when faced with charges that may land a person with a criminal record. A skilled attorney can strategize on a plea deal to lessen the charges, so that a criminal record can be sealed, or removed (expunged) in the future.
Social platforms make most records public, including mugshots or arrests. Even if an individual has been exonerated of a crime, proof of an arrest is part of public domain, where sealing and expungement cannot shield an individual from their criminal record. If someone is convicted (adjudicated guilty) for any previous criminal offense (including violations as minor as driving with a suspended license), that individual will not be eligible to have a record sealed, or expunged. Individuals are only eligible for one petition to seal and expunge a record in an entire lifetime, and they must complete the period of supervision, if applicable ( i.e. probation ) in order for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to grant the Certificate of Eligibility.
The sealing of criminal records in Florida is described in Florida Statutes 943.059. There are currently 38 offenses that automatically disqualify a convicted individual from having a record sealed. If a conviction is not one of those 38 offenses, individuals must first obtain a certificate of eligibility and then petition a Florida court to seal, or expunge a criminal record.
- Administrative Expungement: erroneous arrest due to false reports, mid-identification, and warrants that have the right name, but the wrong person.
- Adult Record Expungement: for criminal records based on eligibility criteria including: no previous sealing, or expunging of a criminal arrest record; no prior guilty adjudication of a felony or misdemeanor; no current court-mandated supervision such as probation, house arrest or community control; and criminal record is not on the excluded list of offenses under Florida Statute 943.0585.
- Erroneous or Incorrect Criminal Record Expungement: Florida Department of Law Enforcement makes a mistake and a person with no criminal history shows up in the legal system’s criminal database.
Competent criminal counsel.
Hiring a competent lawyer to assist you with the charges that are brought against you is a matter of keeping you from going to jail and having a criminal record. The Law Offices of Donald A. Lykkebak may be instrumental in developing a successful strategy to keep an individual from retaining a criminal record in the State of Florida through expungement.
The Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak
390 N. Orange Ave., Suite 2300
Orlando, FL 32801
250 S Park Ave, Suite 200
Winter Park, FL 32789