Articles Posted in Seminars & Workshops

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On Thursday evening, April 18, 2013, Lawyers to the Rescue hosted its second HEART (Homeless Education Advocacy Resource Training) seminar at Camillus House, featuring topics in Family Law. Every other month, Lawyers to the Rescue features free educational seminars given by South Florida attorneys, who volunteer their time in an effort to raise awareness and educate the indigent community about our laws and the legal system.

Previously, Miami Criminal Attorney Scott Kotler held a seminar on Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records. This month, Miami Family Law Attorney Jessica Laleh covered the topic of Simplified Dissolutions of Marriage, and Family Law Attorney Nancy Adkins of Broward County discussed issues pertaining to Parental Responsibility, Time-Sharing and Child Support. The seminar was a huge success, and the attorneys held a question and answer session afterward.

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In this photo: Miami Criminal Attorney Scott Kotler held a seminar on Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records
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It is no surprise that it has increasingly become more difficult to get a job. Whether you have impressive credentials or if you are the average Joe trying to make ends meet. Yet, what happens to those people who are of the less fortunate bunch? I am mainly talking about men and women who, unfortunately, have criminal records following their best efforts to seek employment. Although, this may still remain an issue for some, there may be a way for many to “clear” their records, and put themselves in a better position to be employed in Florida. This process is known as Expunging (wiping out your record= clean slate) and or Sealing (closing your record= not allowing anyone to see it except those who have special jurisdiction) your criminal record.

Unfortunately, the process of expunging your records takes a considerable amount of time (about 6 months if processed correctly) and has limited “sure- fire” benefits. In other words, even if you have jumped through all the correct hoops, in the correct order, and have done all the right things… there still may be a chance that your record will still follow you around, putting a burden on your future employment opportunities. This reason is primarily because these records are public. In being public records, private companies have the ability to purchase them, catalog their contents on their databases, and even post your mug shots on their websites. With this being said, these companies do not typically keep these files up to date and can pose a conflict if found while your potential employer performs a background check.

However, with understanding the pitfalls of this process, those who meet certain criteria (those who have one offense on their record that does not interfere with any caveats) may expunge their records and potentially enjoy the comfort of not indicating that they had previously been convicted when applying for a job.