National unemployment rates are around 10%, but here in Florida, unemployment has reached 11.5%, the highest it’s been since the mid-seventies. As a result, our Palm Beach criminal defense law firm is seeing a record number of clients who want their criminal records expunged or sealed.
In fact, more than 14,000 Florida residents had their records sealed or obliterated in 2008 (which is the last year complete records are available at this time). That’s double the number from 2007, which is not surprising given the current job climate.
Of course, one issue remains unresolved, and that is the data mining companies who compile information from courthouse records and sell that data for a fee. Unfortunately, there is no legal precedent for forcing these private companies to remove outdated information, if a judge approves sealing or expunging someone’s record.