Drug trafficking is a serious offense in Orlando Florida, considered a first-degree felony charge that includes the possession, sale, purchase, manufacture, or delivery of controlled, or illegal substances. As a means of addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, a recent Florida law went into effect imposing some of the tightest opioid prescription restrictions in the country. If an individual is found in possession of large quantities of Oxycodone, serious legal consequences may follow. Drug trafficking charges usually stay on a permanent criminal record in Florida, unless an individual hires a competent Florida lawyer to assist with some type of strategy to get a plea deal to lessen drug charges in order to have a criminal record sealed, or removed (expunged) in the future.
Social platforms make most records public, including mugshots, or arrests. Even when someone is exonerated of a crime, proof of an arrest is part of public domain where sealing and expungement will not shield an individual from their criminal past.
Sealing of records.
The sealing of criminal records in Florida is described in Florida Statutes 943.059. There are currently 38 offenses that, if convicted, automatically disqualify a person from having their record sealed, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. If an indvidual’s conviction is not one of those 38 offenses, they must first obtain a certificate of eligibility and then petition a Florida court to seal, or expunge a criminal record.
Other scenarios for record expungement.
- Administrative Expungement for an 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; and criminal record is not on the excluded list of offenses under Florida Statute 943.0585.
- Erroneous, or Incorrect Criminal Record Expungement when Florida Department of Law Enforcement makes a mistake and a person with no criminal history shows up in the legal system with a criminal record.
Seek qualified legal counsel.
Competent legal counsel could be the difference between going to jail and having a lifelong criminal record, or making alternate arrangements to lessen a drug charge so it can be expunged from a person’s record at a later date. Seek the professional counsel of Attorney Donald A. Lykkebak in Orlando Florida to develop a successful strategy that may keep someone from having a criminal record in the State of Florida.
The Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak
390 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 2300
Orlando, FL 32801