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Is It Time to Spring-Clean Your Record?
M arch is the month many people turn their But when it comes to spring-cleaning, there’s one area you may not often think about — your record. This might be your criminal record, your driving record, or any record in the public space that can be accessed by employers, property managers, and many others. It is possible to clean these records and ensure they are up-to-date and reflect your current standing. For instance, you may be able to have certain records sealed or expunged. And the earlier you do it, the better. The process of cleaning up your record can often take upward of a year to complete. So, if you’re going after a promotion, getting a new job, or renting a new place, it can be worth the effort to see what you can have removed from your record. It’s also a good idea to view any mugshots you may have on the internet. In many cases, if you’ve ever been booked and had booking photographs taken, those photos are available to the public online. Someone searching for you (again, for a job or a rental property) may find the photographs, and it could influence their decision to work with you. Thankfully, last year, the Florida State Legislature introduced a new law regarding mugshots from the internet. The statute, under Title XLVII Chapter 901.43, supports dissemination of arrest booking photographs. attention to spring-cleaning. They declutter their homes and get organized. It’s often a huge relief when you’re done because you have one less thing to think about, and you have more space.
In short, you or your attorney can have those photographs removed, and anyone who published the photographs cannot charge any kind of fee to have those images removed. Additionally, should the person or entity not comply, you may be able to take further legal action. Beyond that, it’s also a good time to clean up your driving record and any issues you have regarding your driver’s license. If you have any outstanding fines, get them settled so you can avoid having your license suspended — and if it already is, you can take steps to have it reinstated. Other things to keep in mind are license plate tags and auto insurance. Do you need to renew your car registration? Police are always on the lookout for anyone driving with expired tags. And when it comes to auto insurance, spring is the perfect time to make sure you’re up-to-date on your coverage. Read through your policy, and if there is anything you aren’t sure about, ask for more information. Get clarification from your insurer — or you can even come to me (see Page 2 for more details). You never want to be out on the road without knowing what your insurance covers.
Spring-cleaning is all about getting things in your life back in order so you can be prepared for the year ahead!
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