Volusia County Criminal Defense Lawyer Will Help You Seal or Expunge Your Criminal Record (Serving Daytona Beach, DeLand, and Surrounding Areas)

If a felony or misdemeanor charge is holding you back, Attorney Leanna J. Smith will work tirelessly to get your Florida record sealed or expunged.

Why Should I Get My Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged?

There are many reasons people choose to get their records sealed or expunged. Perhaps you were found factually innocent of the crime, and are tired of the arrest showing up on your record. Perhaps you were arrested as a juvenile and don’t want your record to follow you into adulthood. Or, even if you were guilty of the crime for which you were convicted, everyone deserves a second chance.

A criminal record can have far-reaching consequences and affect your life in regards to your career and income, your ability to acquire a loan or mortgage, and other credit opportunities. If you have served your sentence or have been found innocent of a crime and want to move on with your life, criminal defense Attorney Leanna Smith can help by working to get your criminal record sealed or expunged.

What is the Difference Between Sealing and Expunging a Criminal Record?

When a record is sealed, the general public will not be able to access the information regarding the arrest and/or conviction. However, certain governmental agencies will still be able to access and view the sealed records for certain purposes, including admission to The Florida Bar, the purchase of a firearm, or employment with governmental or criminal justice agencies.  

On the other hand, when a record is expunged, an agency that attempts to view the record will receive a statement that "Criminal Information has been Expunged from this Record," and will be unable to view the contents of the record, absent a court order.  

You may be eligible to have your record sealed even if you are not yet eligible to have the charges expunged. Attorney Smith can explain the circumstances relating to your particular case and help you find the best solution to help you move on with your life. Contact her today.  

About Attorney Leanna J. Smith

Attorney Smith is a dedicated, aggressive criminal defense attorney serving Volusia County (including Daytona Beach, DeLand and surrounding areas). She has maintained a private criminal law practice in historic downtown DeLand since 1997, and is devoted to providing her clients with uncompromising legal services. If you need a lawyer to assist you in having your criminal record sealed or expunged, contact Leanna Smith today, and allow the Law Office of Leanna J. Smith help you get started with reclaiming your record.