If you’ve ever been arrested but you were not convicted, you may think you have a clean criminal record. A prosecutor, defense attorney or perhaps even a judge may have told you that.
However, your criminal record may not be as clear as you think it is. But an attorney can help that arrest virtually disappear through processes called expungement and sealing allowed in Florida under Fla. Stat. §943 (2015).
In most cases, being arrested for a crime will result in a permanent record of the arrest regardless of the charge being dismissed or adjudication being withheld. In some situations, expungement and sealing can keep an arrest from showing up on background checks.