Tampa Record Expungement Attorney
We all know the consequences of having a criminal record. From a young age, we have been taught that with a criminal record, we can virtually kiss our future dream job goodbye, no matter how qualified we are for that position. While a felony makes for the weightiest of criminal records, even a simple arrest (without a conviction) can make many future employers wary and decide to give the job to someone else. A criminal record goes a long way in limiting a career or even finding the most basic level of employment next to impossible to secure. However, there is hope in a process called record expungement or sealing. To learn how you can essentially hide your record from future employers, contact the Tampa law offices of Roman & Roman today to discuss the matter with one of our experienced Tampa record expungement attorneys.
The Process of Record Expungement and Record Sealing
In order to have a record sealed or expunged, you must not have had a prior record expunged or sealed, according to Florida statutes 943.0585. This must be your first time doing so. An expunged record means that the only way an agency or employer can discover your record is by filing a court order. A sealed record, on the other hand, is visible to many state and federal agencies, while hidden from private employers. Filing for a petition to have your record sealed or expunged is difficult and the slightest error could result in a denial, which is why many individuals heed the advice of an accomplished record expungement attorney.
The Difficulty of Finding a Job Haunts those with Criminal Records for the Rest of their Lives
It is not just a common perceived notion that our society holds. Those with criminal records struggle to find employment no matter what their crime was, and often even if they were not even convicted of a crime but just arrested. According to a recent study, as reported by The Nation, 34 percent of caucasians without criminal records receive a call back from a potential employer after an interview, compared to just 17 percent (half) of caucasians with criminal records. Similarly, though incredibly revealing of our nation’s racial prejudices, 14 percent of African Americans without criminal records receive a call back after an interview, compared to just five percent of African Americans with criminal records. Our criminal justice system does not only punish from the inside while a convict is in prison; it follows them throughout their lives, administering psychological and financial beatings on a daily basis. There are 65 million Americans living with a criminal record right now, and many have little hope at ever finding satisfactory, lasting employment because of a small mistake they made decades ago, or because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and were wrongfully convicted of an offense that they did not commit. Do not let this continue to happen to you. Contact the Tampa law offices of Roman & Roman today 877-767-1032 to speak with a Tampa record expungement attorney today.