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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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    “I cannot express in so few words what a remarkable attorney Mr. Clyde Taylor Jr. has proven himself to be time and time again. I have the utmost respect and gratitude for how diligently and tirelessly he has handled every aspect of my case. In addition to his relentless work ethic, his also personable, dedicated, patient and trustworthy. I’ve recommended him to friends, family, even strangers. There’s a very simple reason as to why he’s been practicing law for so long…because he’s exceptionally good at it.”

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    “I would like to thank Brad Waldrop for his representation in my Community Control violation case. I was facing 48 months in Florida State Prison in Flagler and Saint Johns County. From the moment I first called and Spoke to Mr. Waldrop to the end of my case he remained professional,knowledgeable and encouraging. Mr. Waldrop responded to all of my e-mails in a timely manner even when he was on vacation this man answered my questions via e-mail. The final outcome of my case ended up with a reinstatement of Community Control in both Flagler and Saint Johns County. I never thought that I would be able to avoid prison as I was charged with Aggravated Stalking which carries a mandatory prison sentence. Mr. Waldrop in my opinion is an excellent Attorney and I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal aid. Thank you Brad for representing me and getting the job done!!”

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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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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