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A Judge Cannot Refuse to Expunge a Criminal Record Without First Hearing Evidence

           In the case of VFD versus the State of Florida, the issue was whether a judge was correct in denying VFD’s petition to expunge his criminal record without first hearing evidence and giving specific reasons as to why she was denying his petition.  An article that I wrote on my website Florida Criminal Records:  Frequently Asked Questions examines how this issue was resolved by one Florida appellate court.