Will I Have a Criminal Record?
At Thompson Law, we think about the long term goals for our clients. When the world may seem foggy and confusing after being arrested, we are there to help you think clearly about the long term affect the arrest will have on your life, your family’s life, or your child’s life. Our number one priority is to prevent our clients from having to report an arrest, or a conviction, when applying for a job, applying for college, and/or a professional license. Having a criminal record will make you less competitive in the job market, may disqualify you for some jobs, and create issues for you that will take time away from earning money.
Another issue that many of our clients face is dealing with the effect that a criminal arrest and/or conviction will have on their ability to hold a professional license. Many jobs require the participants to earn a license, and hold that license, while practicing their profession. In addition, arrests and convictions can have a detrimental effect for those who are actively serving in the armed forces. Thompson Law recognizes that this is all part of representing you and making sure you are protected. Attorney Matt Thompson makes every effort to work with the licensing agency to ensure that you do not loose your license while working with the State to resolve your case. In many situations, reporting your arrest to the licensing board an important step. Many licensing boards are less punishing for the arrest as they are if you are convicted. Matt Thompson has worked with military officers in ensuring that his active duty client’s military status is unaffected. He has also worked with the Florida Department of Health for his clients who have professional medical licenses to ensure that they do not loose their ability to practice medicine.
In addition to helping his professional clients, Matt Thompson has extensive experience in dealing with the School Board in both Volusia and Seminole County. If a minor child is arrested as a juvenile, it may compromise their ability to remain enrolled in classes after being arrested. This can set off a chain of events that become very stressful for both the child, as well as the child’s parents. Attorney Matt Thompson works diligently to ensure that his juvenile clients are able to graduate with the rest of their class despite being arrested.
While Thompson Law cannot guarantee you that your criminal records can be discharged or avoided, Thompson Law recognizes that this is as important as defending you in court. And while a criminal history cannot always be avoided, in the State of Florida, you are given a second chance. Florida offers to allow certain qualifying people one time to expunge (have their criminal records destroyed), or seal (keep their records classified) a record for their arrest. The benefit of having your records sealed or expunged may enable you to deny ever being arrested when filling out a job application. You should understand that each scenario is different and if you qualify, we will review the necessary statutes with you to determine whether sealing or expunging your record will benefit you. Because our attorney has experience handling these cases, we know what to look for when defending a criminal case to put our clients in a position to seal or expunge their record.
Schedule an appointment to come in and speak to us about deciding whether this is an option for you. If you have been arrested, we will discuss this option in our first meeting to discuss your case.