How to Expunge Criminal Records in Florida

It is a very good idea to seal or expunge criminal records in the State of Florida if you were arrested or charged with a crime. However, you must meet certain requirements to do so:

To Seal a Florida Criminal / Arrest Record

To seal a criminal record in Florida, you must have received a Withhold of Adjudication.

To Expunge a Florida Criminal / Arrest Record

To have a Florida criminal record expunged, you must:

  • have your case dismissed, or
  • have your record sealed for ten years

And you can only do it once – so if you have more than one crime, in any state, or you’ve sealed other criminal records – you are not eligible.

Crimes that Cannot be Sealed or Expunged

There are also certain crimes that cannot be sealed or expunged:

This is why it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney at the beginning of your case. Pleading to one of these charges can cause long term consequences. Later applications for jobs or professional licenses could be rejected because of a DUI or Domestic Battery charge. Finding them is as easy as looking up your name in the local Clerk or Sheriff’s system. The records will stay there permanently unless you have them sealed or expunged.

If your application is rejected for Certificate of Eligibility to Expunge Criminal Record ...

There are also situations where your application to seal or expunge is rejected, but shouldn’t be. Your initial application is first reviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). They decide if you qualify for a Certificate of Eligibility based on the Florida Statutes and can reject the application. For example, even if you were not convicted of Domestic Battery because you pled to the reduced charge of Disorderly Conduct, they could reject the application.

Need Help Expunging a Florida Criminal Record? Contact Us

We have successfully sealed and expunged hundreds of cases. We have also appealed and WON a denial of Certificate of Eligibility such as the one above. If you are trying to seal or expunge your record or have been denied a certificate of eligibility from FDLE contact Pawuk & Pawuk today.

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