SAM MASTERS LEGAL
A Professional Association
When you have a criminal charge it shows up at the clerk's office. It's at the police department. It's at Florida Department of Law Enforcement. When your record's expunged, that record will no longer be available or even exist at the clerk's office or at the police department. So if somebody were to look on the website and pull up your name, it would not appear.
The answer is maybe. In Florida, you're allowed to deny the incident ever happened once your record is expunged. However, that statue was written before we had the internet. I recommend to my clients in just about any case to acknowledge that there was a case but it was expunged without getting into details. Also, even though the statue says you can deny certain offenses, there are caveats such as if you want to be a lawyer, if you want to be a police officer, if you want to be a teacher. But even then, they simply want to know whether you had a record, and if it was expunged, they pretty much leave it at that.
Only if the charge is dismissed. You need to have an experienced attorney who can help resolve this case hopefully in a way that allows the charges to be dropped. That's going to be the only way that you will qualify down the road to have it expunged.
I have been in Daytona Beach in Volusia County my entire life. I've practiced in Volusia County in Daytona Beach for 35 years. Five years as a prosecutor, 30 years as a defense lawyer. My assistant has worked with me for 30 years. Unfortunately that means she can find me no matter where I am. So you will always get to talk to me. And I will be the one handling your case. You're not going to hire an AV rated lawyer with my experience and then get calls from an associate with two years experience. We're responding to our clients constantly. We give them answers. And I will create as many options for you as possible, and I will explain those options to you until you understand them.
They'll say that I communicated with them, I answered their questions whenever they called, I made myself available whenever they had questions and concerns. We provide great service. Even my assistant Patty, who's been with me 30 years, always knows where to find me, and my clients get to speak with me whenever they need to. And I think they've felt comfortable and satisfied with the results.
Experience and communication. I've been practicing for 35 years. I was a prosecutor for five years. I've been doing criminal defense for 30 years. I've made it my career to make sure my clients understand the process, understand what they're facing. I will explain all the options to them. They can call me and I'll return their calls. I think those are vital in a representation of a client.