Being arrested for, and charged with the commission of an alleged crime is likely to be the most stressful and frightening experience of a person’s life. If you have faced a criminal matter in the past, you know that you need someone to advocate for your rights, and this is a Miami criminal defense lawyer.

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you know what stress this can cause and how it can completely impact your life on many different fronts such as employment, social life, finances as well as lingering effects that can continue to affect you long after your case is closed out.

There are a myriad of reasons why someone may run a background check, including but not limited to, application for credit, employment, housing, state or national licensing or sheer nosiness in wishing to conduct a simple internet search.

No matter what the disposition of your case ultimately resulted, it can be viewed by the public until it is sealed or expunged as ordered by a judge. By sealing or expunging your criminal record you can lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge arrests unless:


  • You are seeking employment with a law enforcement agency.
  • You are a defendant in a criminal prosecution.
  • You are applying for admission to the Florida Bar.
  • You are seeking employment with the Department of Children and Families.
  • You are applying to the Department of Education.
  • You are seeking employment with the Department of Juvenile Justice.
  • You are seeking to work for an entity that has direct contact with children.

An individual’s criminal history is destroyed upon a judge’s order to expunge. Generally, you can only expunge your record once. Furthermore, to be eligible to expunge your record you can never have been adjudicated guilty or delinquent or even have received a withhold of adjudication.

In order to be eligible to expunge your record, your charges must have been dropped (nolle prossed) by the State Attorney’s Office or dismissed by the court.


If you pled guilty or no contest to the charges, or were found guilty after a trial, AND adjudication of guilty was withheld, you may be eligible to seal your criminal record. Once your record is sealed it will not be destroyed but it will be removed from public view.

Any criminal offense carries a pronounced social stigma. Given the nature of criminal charges, perception by the general public, the lack of sympathy offered by the general public and the harsh consequences one faces when charged with this crime, it is imperative to seek the help of a Miami criminal defense attorney that will ensure your rights are protected even long after your criminal case is closed out.

Led by attorney Daniel Izquierdo, the Izquierdo Law Firm will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected, and that includes by helping you seal or expunge your criminal record. I understand that any person charged with a crime is innocent until they are proven guilty. Even if your case is now considered closed, Izquierdo Law Firm will help you pursue any avenue that will alleviate some of the burden, stigma and stress that results when you have a criminal arrest or charge constantly appearing on a background check throughout your life. Izquierdo Law Firm will seek to seal or expunge your record in an Aggressive, Personalized and Compassionate manner.

No matter how severe the charge may be, the consequences that may result are serious–both in the short term and long term. Izquierdo Law Firm, a Miami Criminal Defense Law Firm, understands the stress that this can cause a person and their loved ones even after the case is closed.

Do You Find Yourself In Need Of A Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer?

If you've recently found yourself in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Miami you should contact me as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact me online or to call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You can also request my free book "The Ultimate Guide To Fighting Criminal Charges In Florida", a detailed download discussing the myths, rumors and hearsay often associated with criminal charges, what to expect from your criminal court proceedings and important steps you must take to battle your charges.


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Coral Gables defense lawyer helping clients accused of Federal Crimes, DUI, Domestic Violence & Sex Crimes.