If i change my name does my criminal past follow that name? misdemeanors only in my background
Question Details: DUI 2 Procur of prostitute. 1 Domestic violence2
I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law. If you legally change your name, your date of birth and social security number usually stay the same; therefore, you cannot really avoid having people discover your prior criminal history. I suggest trying to get your record expunged. this means having the record erased so that the charges do not appear on a record check. You can get an application for expungment from the parole board website of just go on line and goodle it. Every state has this available. If you need help, i suggest hiring a lawyer for $1,000 as it will help.
I'm not a Florida lawyer, so I don't know the details of the procedure for a legal name change in your state. In many places, the application for the name change has to be copied to the local prosecutor for a records check; whether that would prevent you from getting the name change, I couldn't say, and it might depend on how long it has been since your last conviction.
You can go without the legal proceeding, and use any name you choose, so long as you don't use a different name to defraud anyone. But that includes hiding your past; if you answer any question on a job application or government form dishonestly, you can find yourself in a lot of trouble when it catches up to you. Using an alias for this purpose marks you as -- a criminal.