Any arrest can cause problems on your record; lost opportunities, embarrassment, and that nagging feeling of not knowing if or when it will pop up again. This is especially true when it comes to a domestic violence arrest.
Why You Should Expunge Your Domestic Violence Arrest
You should expunge a domestic violence arrest for the same reasons you would want to expunge any other arrest. Why should a minor offense, in this case just being arrested for it, be a life sentence? Always having to answer to it even when the charges were dropped is a problem no one should have.
Domestic Violence is a Stigma
When people see that you were arrested for domestic violence they assume the worse. They may never even look far enough down to see that the charges were dropped or never even filed on. All they see is a person that is violent towards women.
Most Domestic Violence Arrests are Dropped
Domestic violence arrests may be up but the conviction rate is not good. Most domestic violence arrests are made because law enforcement feels compelled to make the arrest – not because there is enough evidence. Because of this, many arrests result in the State Attorney deciding to not file charges or to drop the charges.
Can a Domestic Violence Arrest Be Expunged or Sealed
There is a difference between sealing an arrest record and expunging an arrest record. Both have certain requirements to qualify for such relief. Unfortunately, any finding of guilt for a charge of domestic violence makes that arrest ineligible for expungement or sealing.
Expunging a Domestic Violence Arrest
Since most domestic violence arrests result in the case being dropped, many qualify to have the record of arrest expunged. The typical arrestee usually has no prior record, is employed, and cannot have even the arrest appear on his or her background.
Sealing a Domestic Violence Arrest
You can seal a domestic violence arrest but you are better off expunging it. Since it has to have been dropped or not filed on to qualify, it would eligible to be expunged so long as you did not have a previous conviction for a different offense.
How to Have Your Domestic Violence Arrest Expunged
You can start the process of expunging your domestic violence arrest by contacting me for more information. Regardless of how you contact me I will send you the information that will answer most of your questions, including cost and how long it takes.
Getting Started Expunging Your Arrest
You can get started that much faster by going to my get my expungement get started page. Just fill out the form and I should respond within 24 business hours.
Chances You Will Be Successful Expunging Your Arrest
As pointed out above, unless you have an extensive history or have been adjudicated guilty of a prior criminal offense, you should have no problem qualifying for this relief. Having it granted should not be a problem either, especially considering that most of these cases never had formal charges filed.
Statistics From the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
I will briefly digress. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] keeps statistics on these offenses. The main reason is to ensure continued federal funding of domestic violence programs. These statistics show that in Florida during 2016 nearly 110,000 domestic violence incidents were reported. Out of that number nearly 64,000 arrests were made. However, it is unknown how many of those arrests resulted in convictions or finding of guilt because those stats are not posted publicly by FDLE.
For More Information
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More information about Florida Expungements and Sealings:
- What is a Florida Expungement (Sealing)
- Qualifying for a Record Expungement (Sealing)
- Getting Started Expunging (Sealing) Your Arrest Record
- What to do after Your Record is Expunged (Sealed)