I did a pre-trial intervention for a petty theft misdemeanor for which I pled ‘no contest’. Can I get this expunged from my record?

I need to know if I’m eligible to get this expunged, whether I can do this myself
or if I should obtain legal help. Any assistance you could provide would be
greatly appreciated.

Asked on March 10, 2017 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

When you accpeted pretrial intervention (i.e. diversion), your case was taken off the prosecution track. In effect, the case was "diverted" from the prosecution process. When you accepted pretrial intervention at the arraignment, you didn't have to enter a plea and knowing that if you complied with the conditions of the pretrial program your charges would be dropped. Now that you have successfully completed your program, the charges have been dropped. Accordingly, you are eligible to have your case expunged, so long as you have never been adjudicated guilty or delinquent for any other arrests.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

When you accpeted pretrial intervention (i.e. diversion), your case was taken off the prosecution track. In effect, the case was "diverted" from the prosecution process. When you accepted pretrial intervention at the arraignment, you didn't have to enter a plea and knowing that if you complied with the conditions of the pretrial program your charges would be dropped. Now that you have successfully completed your program, the charges have been dropped. Accordingly, you are eligible to have your case expunged, so long as you have never been adjudicated guilty or delinquent for any other arrests.


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