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Aggressive Defense for Criminal Charges

Sealing and Expunging Criminal History

St. Augustine Criminal Defense Law Firm

If you need legal assistance with the sealing or expunging of your criminal records in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, or St. Johns, Florida, we advise you to contact a criminal defense attorney at Taylor & Waldrop Attorneys as soon as possible. Our firm has been assisting individuals with this civil legal action for decades. In a free, initial consultation we can review your situation and advise you on your legal options in achieving a sealing or expungement in Florida.

In an expungement, a legal action is initiated through the courts in which the petitioner asks the court to expunge his or her criminal record, which makes those records unavailable to the public through Florida or federal repositories. Expungement may be granted only to those who are eligible. The eligibility requirements include:

  • Never having been convicted of or pled guilty to a criminal charge, or
  • Had adjudication withheld in the arrest or charge for which expungement is sought,
  • The individual is not on probation, and
  • Has never had an expungement in any jurisdiction.

Sealing Your History from Public Records

Having a criminal record sealed means that those records are placed under highly restricted access. A copy of the record will be retained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other criminal justice agencies but it will not be a public record and will not be available to anyone other than the individual, his or her attorney, and to criminal justice agencies for certain purposes, such as approval for the purchase of a firearm or in other situations.

The difference between an expunged and a sealed record is that an expunged record is usually physically destroyed while a sealed record is held to be confidential. Regardless, both options may give you the right to deny that you were ever arrested for the offense.

A St. Augustine criminal defense lawyer can help you to obtain an expungement or sealing. This involves filing motions with the courts and may require an appearance in court.

Contact an attorney at Taylor & Waldrop Attorneys today if you wish to pursue an expungement or sealing of your criminal record.

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    “From day 1 of my domestic violence discrepancy Attorney Clyde Taylor gave me an in depth sense of peace. He was very professional and fought hard to prove my innocence. He was very thorough and had all the bases covered for me. I was in a tough spot and didn't know what to do or how to handle things. He provided me with excellent service and ensure my peace of mind about how things were going to play out. I cant begin to explain my gratitude for his hard work and for how much he cared about my case. Highly recommend Taylor and Waldrop!”

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    “Brad Waldrop was entirely helpful and efficient in handling my case, I would highly recommend this firm to friends and family. Always quick to return a call and get everything taken care of. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.”

    Former Client

  • Professional, worked efficiently and smoothly!

    “Mr. Taylor was very professional, worked efficiently and smoothly, and ultimately got the job done very seamlessly. In talking, he conveys his experience and relationships in the county innately, and he was able to have my charge dismissed very quickly. I would highly recommend Mr. Taylor if you want your case to be resolved in a smooth and timely manner.”

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    “I am relatively new to the area and was very fortunate to find Mr. Taylor to have him represent me in a stressful situation with a neighbor. My first meeting with him put my mind at ease. Very detailed & supportive throughout the process. Helped me decide what was the best option for my situation. Worth every penny! Would highly recommend to anyone! Thank you Taylor & Waldrop!!”

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    “My case was handled by Mr. B Waldrop. I genuinely appreciate their professionalism and kindness. They were aggressive and active in my case resulted in a great outcome for me! Thanks to your entire team!!”

    Former Client

What Sets Taylor & Waldrop Attorneys Apart?

  • Over 78 Years of Combined Experience
  • Federal and State Cases Defended
  • Hundreds of Cases Tried Since 1978
  • Qualified to Handle Death Penalty Cases
  • Aggressive and Result-Driven Representation
  • Thorough and Compassionate Guidance and Legal Advice