Seal or Expunge a Florida Criminal Record - Need Another Reason?

If you are eligible to seal or expunge your criminal record - don't delay.

Contact a local attorney in Tampa who can sit down with you today to complete all of the paperwork to seal or expunge your criminal record today.

We help clients seal or expunge a criminal record throughout the greater Tampa Bay area including Hillsborough County, Polk County, Hernando County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, or Manatee County, FL.


What is the difference between seal or expunge?

  • Expunge (sometimes called Expunction or Expungement) - You may be able to expunge your record if the charges were dropped by the prosecutor or dismissed by the court.
  • Seal - You may be able to seal if the court withheld adjudication after you entered a plea of guilty or no contest. After your record has been sealed for 10 years, you might become eligible to expunge that record.
At the Sammis Law Firm, we can help you seal or expunge your criminal record. While you are in our office we can help you fill out the paperwork, show you where to sign, and send everything off the same day to begin the process. At the end of the process, we schedule the final hearing before the judge who will sign the order to seal or expunge the record.

Many people hire us after attempting to seal or expunge their record on their own. After months of waiting, they find out that one small mistake requires them to start the process over again from the beginning.

If it is important to you to seal or expunge your record quickly, contact an attorney for a free consultation to find out the benefits of hiring a local attorney to help you through the process today.

Need another reason to seal or expunge a criminal record in Florida?

Before March of 2009, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website published arrest and booking information, including booking photos (mugshots), names, address, and other personal details about the individual arrested for only the past five (5) years.

Now that has changed. Beginning in March of 2009, the arrest records maintained on the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website now go back to January 1, 1995. Anyone with an internet connection can now search these records and even see a mug shot, from the comfort of their computer.

Other Florida law enforcement agencies in Orange County, Polk County, Pasco County, Hernando County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, Lake County, and Sarasota County are also improving the availability of criminal arrest records. Even more embarrassing details of a criminal case can be found on the clerk of court websites for each county in Florida.

Even more alarming, private companies now have the ability to download this information into massive databases that can publish the information even after the seal or expunge has taken the information out of the local, state and national government databases. As this technology becomes more common, your chances of erasing this information becomes even more difficult over time.

If you are eligible to seal or expunge your Florida criminal record, act quickly.
Click here for more information about filing a petition to - seal or expunge a Florida arrest record. Find out how long it takes to seal or expunge a criminal record.

Also, read more about sealing or expunging in Pasco County, FL, or the surrounding areas throughout Tampa and Hillsborough County, FL.

This article was last updated on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Topic: Seal and Expunge Hillsborough County Arrest, Seal and Expunge Florida Criminal Record, Sealing or Expunging Criminal Record, Expungement.

Violation of Probation in Bartow, Polk County, Florida


The consequences of a violation of probation in Bartow, Polk County are serious. In many of these cases, even for a misdemeanor violation of probation, such as DUI or possession of marijuana, the Polk County Judge may issue a "no bond" warrant for your arrest.

After your arrest, your case may not be schedule for a hearing on the violation of probation affidavit for weeks.

Instead of sitting in jail for several weeks, many people can benefit from hiring an attorney to file a motion for bond or to move up the VOP hearing date.

Your attorney can also help you come up with ways to come into compliance with any remaining terms or to explain any technical violation. If you were arrested for a new felony or misdemeanor offense, your attorney can represent you on that offense as well.

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If you believe that your probation officer is about to issue an affidavit for a probation violation in your Polk County case, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney that fights violation of probation cases at the courthouse in Bartow, Polk County, today to discuss your case.

Violation of probation can occur in a variety of felony and misdemeanor cases, such as DUI, reckless driving, driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of marijuana, felony drug charges, domestic battery, or child abuse.

Call our office to discuss the facts of your case with an attorney during a free consultation by calling 813-250-0500. Click here for more information hiring a criminal attorney for Polk County, Florida. Don't face the judge alone.


Tampa Man's Violation of Probation Warrant

The Possibility of Avoiding Jail after a VOP "No Bond" Warrant

A felony violation of probation (VOP) allegation usually results in a "no bond" warrant. After the arrest on the warrant, the person arrested must wait in jail to see the court to resolve the case. Many individuals want to avoid going into custody altogether after a violation of probation allegation. In certain cases, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to assist you in getting the "no bond" warrant withdrawn so that you can avoid going into custody altogether. In other cases, your attorney may be able to appear with you at first appearance court which may be schedule within 8-24 hours of your arrest depending on when you turn yourself in on the warrant. At the first appearance the court may grant you a bond, especially in those cases in which you are not a flight risk, and the allegation of violation of probation is for a technical violation or a new misdemeanor arrest.

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If you believe that you may be arrested on a "no bond" warrant for violation of probation in Hillsborough County, or in one of the surrounding counties of Polk County, Pasco County, or Pinellas County. Call 813-250-0500 to speak with an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney to discuss your violation of probation case.

Probation Violation After New Charge for Soliciting Another to Commit Prostitution

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