“Seal the deal!” Trumpeting this advice, Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John M. Castellano tells you what you need to know about “sealing” your arrest record:

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“If you have ever been arrested for a criminal offense in the State of Florida, you unfortunately have an arrest record,” even if you were falsely accused! Now that’s beyond unfair! But let’s say you were not falsely accused — and you simply made a mistake in judgment years ago … You will still have an “arrest record” even if you were never convicted, and even if the charge was dismissed!

But there is good news: Your friendly neighborhood Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John Castellano can help! John Castellano is a federal criminal lawyer and has represented people al over the nation too, we know, but he is best known for helping folks locally in South Florida. OK, I’ll quit talking about myself in the third (3rd) person, to make this more real, especially since this is such serious business. I will assist you — assuming you’re eligible, in having your arrest record expunged or sealed, because you NEED for this to happen … IF you truly want to move on with your life. For a quickie tutorial — to give you just a little heads up education on “sealing” arrest records in Florida, here goes:

Florida law identifies certain criteria for sealing or expunging criminal cases or arrest records. You should be eligible for an expunhment or sealing of your arrest record IF you have NEVER been adjudicated guilty of certain identified misdemeanor and felony offenses (committed as an adult and not juvenile offenses), and IF you have NOT previously had your arrest record sealed. As you might expect, there are exceptions in the law to this general rule, and I will advise you of those exceptions as well.

There are also other circumstances and criteria that must be met, and truth be told, you need to hear all about this criteria ONLY from a Florida trial lawyer like myself — and there are many others who can properly advise you; not just me, so don’t be fooled into believing that this “sealing” or expunging” of arrest records, can only be accomplished by some sort of specialist or expert in this area of the law. You may want to obtain the advice of a few lawyers, and you can always feel free to call me for another opinion. I will advise and assist you every step of the way, if you ultimately choose me as your lawyer, seeking to expunge or seal your arrest record.

The benefits of having your criminal record sealed are enormous, as you no doubt already know or can certainly imagine. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if: Your arrest record is no longer be available for public viewing. This could enable you to apply for a better job, a security clearance, a government position, a professional license, etc.

Remember, however, that not ALL criminal cases or arrest records are eligible for expungement or sealing, which is why it makes even more sense to get some real help in this area. As a Broward DUI lawyer and a lawyer who has also handled many sexual battery and homicide cases, I can tell you that these types of crimes (DUI, homicide, sexual battery, all sexual offenses) are no longer eligible for sealing under Florida Statute 941.058. The Law Office of John M. Castellano, PA — together with co counsel (I may introduce you to a colleague who will assist us), will help you determine whether you’re eligible; and then, assuming that you are eligible, then I myself, John Castellano (if you would like for me to stay on as co-counsel) will join co counsel in going the extra mile to help you achieve the best possible result.

The costs involved in sealing your criminal record are very affordable, especially when you consider the fact that you may have suffered adverse employment consequences already as a result of your arrest record, for example, you may have been relegated to taking a lower pay position at work; or worse yet, you may have suffered the loss of your job or your professional license in your chosen vocation, as a result of a background check by your employer and the revelation of your old arrest record.

The process is occasionally lengthy (a few months) and actually quite tedious; there are numerous steps that must be taken to properly have your criminal case or arrest record expunged or sealed. We will work hard in making every attempt to have your arrest record sealed.

In my considered opinion, every single human being deserves a second chance in life … That means YOU too — and politicians do it for themselves every day, so feel free to send me an email off this site, or call me today, so we can help you.” — John Castellano



About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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