Expungement & Sealing Criminal Record in Florida
If you’ve been charged with a crime in the State of Florida, it doesn't have to follow you around forever. Expunge or seal your record with the help of our attorneys.
In certain situations where a person was charged with an offense but there was no conviction, they may be eligible to have their criminal record sealed. Sealing the record restricts access to the information, but does not make it “disappear.” Sealed and expunged records are still accessible by certain types of employers, including the judicial system and law enforcement agencies.
In cases where records can be sealed, expungement becomes available after a period of 10 years. Records must be sealed before they become eligible for expungement. Even if there is no conviction, charges of serious offenses such as homicide, kidnapping, arson, and terrorism (among others) can never be sealed or expunged.
Qualifying juveniles have their records automatically expunged at the age of either 24 or 26, depending on the details of the individual charge. If a juvenile completes a diversion program, or if charges were dismissed, they can petition to have their records sealed.
Sealing and expungement of records is not available for charges in which a person was convicted, and the state of Florida will not allow more than one record to be sealed.
A notable benefit of having a sealed criminal record is that in many situations it is legal for an applicant with a sealed or expunged record to answer “No” when asked if they have ever been accused of an offense.
Our Record Expungement attorneys work aggressively to ensure your criminal record matter is handled with the care you should expect from a firm that has been around for over 40 years. With 13 locations throughout Florida, our attorneys are happy to meet you in the location that is most convenient to you. With our Main office in Orlando, we have 12 other offices including Clermont, Cocoa, Daytona, Gainesville, Kissimmee, Leesburg, Melbourne, Ocala, Orange City, St. Cloud, Titusville, and The Villages.
Frequently Asked Questions
To be eligible to have a criminal record expunged, a person must meet the following criteria:
The criminal charge(s) to be expunged must have been dismissed or sealed for 10 years (this means if a person pled Guilty or No Contest to the charges, they are NOT eligible to have that record expunged);
The person seeking to have a record expunged must have NEVER been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a criminal charge as an adult in Florida (certain juvenile convictions might still be eligible and out-of-State convictions will not disqualify them);
The person seeking to have a record expunged must have NEVER sealed or expunged something from their criminal record previously (certain exceptions may apply).
The time varies depending on how backlogged the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Seal/Expunge division is currently – they post that information on their website at https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Seal-and-Expunge-Process/Seal-and-Expunge-Home.aspx
The average time is about 9 months from start to finish.
Any criminal record relating to a charge that was dismissed or sealed for 10 years will be eligible, as long as the person meets the criteria listed above. There is not a list of certain eligible types of crimes – all crimes can be expunged if the person meets the listed eligibility requirements.
Many people are unsure if they meet these criteria listed above, which is why we offer a free consultation to determine a person’s eligibility. In most cases, during the initial phone call or meeting we can review a person’s criminal record directly from the Court’s records to determine if they meet these criteria for eligibility.
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Our attorneys are available and prepared to defend Florida’s citizens charged with crimes in all of Florida’s counties STATE-WIDE.
We are also available to assist you in sealing or expunging your existing criminal records.
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