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Florida Criminal Record Expungement, Sealing, and Pardons

Florida Criminal Expungement

Living with a Florida criminal record can be difficult, and it certainly can be frustrating to be held back by mistakes made in your past.  A Florida criminal record can prevent you from landing a good job, getting the housing you want, obtaining professional licenses, qualifying for government services and programs, and countless opportunities otherwise available if you didn’t have a Florida criminal record.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Division of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) provides easy access to most of its records to the public.  To make matters worse, countless online background check sites now exist, providing potential employers, landlords, and anybody with an internet connection easy access to view your Florida criminal history in minutes

How to Remove your Florida Record

Fortunately, Florida State law provides for the sealing and/or expungement of many criminal records kept by the FDLE in its CJIS databases, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies. Our law firm offers the following Florida criminal record removal services:

  • Florida Criminal Record Expungement: Expunging a Florida criminal record removes it from the public record. According to Florida law, in most cases you can legally deny the arrests covered by the expunged record. When a record is expunged, agencies that would have access to a sealed record will be able to know that criminal information has been expunged from the record. But, they would only have access to the record through a court order.
  • Florida Criminal Record Sealing: Sealing a Florida criminal record will make it completely inaccessible to the general public, however, the FDLE may disclose the existence, but not the specifics, of the sealed criminal record to a limited number of criminal justice and state licensing agencies. A sealed Florida criminal record can typically be fully expunged 10 years after it has been sealed.

Why You Should Hire WipeRecord

If you’re ready to move on in life without a criminal record holding you back, our law firm has is here to help. The first step is simply taking our free, confidential Eligibility Test to see if you qualify. If you would prefer to speak with one of our Licensed Attorneys or Criminal Records Analysts, just give us a call toll free at (844) 947-3732.

There are many clear benefits of sealing or expunging a Florida criminal record, some of which include:

  • Being able to legally state that you have not been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense to employers and landlords
  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
  • Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
  • Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources
  • Eliminating the concern and potential embarrassment of failing a background check by removing public access to sensitive personal information

You can trust that you will get exceptional service form our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and our attorneys are rated as Super Lawyers and rated as Superb Attorneys by prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo.  Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Florida state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!

 

Florida Criminal Record Removal Services

Florida Expungement Services

A Florida expungement would result in the destruction of a criminal record, making it completely inaccessible to the general public. The only agency that would retain a record of the arrest is the FDLE.  If you qualify for a Florida Expungement, you can move forward in life as if the criminal event never occurred. However, not everybody with a Florida criminal record is eligible for expungement.

To qualify for a Florida Expungement, the charges from the arrest record you are seeking to expunge must have (i) never filed by the state; (ii) been dismissed prior to trial; (iii) been dismissed nolle prosequi by the state; or (iv) have been sealed for at least ten years.

In addition, you must meet the following general eligibility requirements:

  • You must not have any pending charges or warrants;
  • You must not have previously expunged or sealed any other Florida records;
  • You must not have a previous conviction for certain misdemeanors or felonies, some of which include: assault, battery, child neglect, and certain weapons crimes (you can find a full list of prohibited offenses by clicking HERE);
  • You were not found guilty or adjudicated delinquent for any other criminal offenses stemming from the same arrest you are seeking to expunge; and
  • The arrest record cannot relate to certain serious criminal offenses, some of which include: arson, kidnapping, homicide, drug trafficking, domestic violence, and a number of sex crimes (you can find a full list of these prohibited offenses by clicking HERE).

Florida Record Sealing Services

Successfully sealing a Florida criminal record will make it completely inaccessible to the general public. Rather, a sealed record will be kept on file by certain government agencies. However, the record remains sealed from the public unless a court order is obtained. The FDLE may disclose the existence, but not the specifics, of the sealed criminal record to a limited number of criminal justice and state licensing agencies. A sealed Florida criminal record can typically be fully expunged 10 years after it has been sealed.

The eligibility for record sealing in Florida is similar to the expungement requirements described above. However, record sealing applies to charges in which you were (i) acquitted; or (ii) if adjudication was withheld by the court.  In addition to the eligibility requirements described above relating to expungements, you must no longer be under court supervision relating to the arrest or alleged criminal activity to which record sealing relates.

Our Attorneys Are Here to Help

Florida’s expungement and record sealing rules can be quite complex. The process is typically lengthy and difficult to navigate without an attorney experienced in these matters. Our law firm is happy to help guide you through the process—we strongly encourage you to take our free, confidential Eligibility Test or give us a call toll free at (844) 947-3732 to discuss your eligibility and the process of expunging or sealing a criminal record in Florida.  The entire process can take as long as 12 months in Florida, so the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work helping you put your past mistakes permanently behind you!

Florida Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an expungement and a record sealing in Florida?
A successful Florida expungement will result in the destruction of a criminal record, making it completely inaccessible to both the general public and criminal justice agencies.  Whereas sealing a record in Florida would only erase the criminal record from the general public, but still accessible to certain law enforcement and state licensing agencies.
Do I qualify for an expungement/record seal in Florida?
The easiest way to find out is by taking our confidential, free Eligibility Test. In the alternative, you can refer to the above paragraphs to have a better idea of your eligibility. Give us a call at 844-947-3732 to speak with a criminal records analyst or attorney today!
I do not qualify, anything else I can do?
If you are not qualified for the above services but are still looking for ways to improve your life, one of our affiliates has an alternative to remove your records and personal information from the private online background check databases that matter the most. You can find out more about this service at www.recordshield.com. Note, however, that this is not a legal service that, and is not a substitute for an expungement.
How much do I pay for the services?
Currently we charge $795 for services in Florida. We offer payment plans based on the client’s needs, and a refund policy when circumstances apply. Contact us today to get a tailored quote – we always offer discounts to clients ready to take actions!
What do I need to do to get started?
If you are reading this – you have already started the right course of action! Contact us so that our experts can start handling your expungement/restricted access right away.
Why should I choose WipeRecord to handle my expungement/record sealing?
Having your record expunged/sealed is not an easy process – there are many subtle rules that need to be followed for you to be successful. Hiring us to obtain a satisfactory result on your behalf will give you peace of mind, ensuring it is done correctly and as quickly as possible, and increasing your chances of success. We will handle any objections the District Attorney may present, send a licensed attorney to argue your case in court if need be, and write letters to potential employers indicating that your case has been reopened and is in the process of being removed from your criminal record, all at an unbeatable price.
How long do I have to wait for the petition to be granted?
The most frequently question we hear from clients is – how long do I have to wait? We understand the importance of working efficiently so we try our best to move things forward. However, an expungement usually takes several months to obtain, depending on the particular county, and sometimes the particular court.
Am I required to go to court?
Typically, clients do not have to show up in court for us to do our job. Under rare circumstances where you are required to attend a hearing, we will be there every step of the way and make sure you have nothing to worry about.
How do I learn about my case status once I hire WipeRecord?
We strive to make our clients informed and assured of every processes of their case. Clients get a monthly update of their case from our paralegals, and one can always contact us by either phone or email for an update. Our law firm is currently finishing up a custom client portal, where clients can obtain information about their case online by simply logging in.

Problems Caused By Your Record

Criminal records can cause problems long after you’re free from the courts. Unless you do something about it, your criminal record will typically remain in the public record forever. Today, background check sites are inexpensive and readily accessible to potential employers, lenders, landlords, family, and friends. Running these types of checks has become more and more routine for both business and personal reasons-if you have been arrested or convicted of crime and do not want the world to be aware of it, you must act now to do something about it.

We Are Here to Help

We understand how difficult a criminal record can make life. Fortunately, WipeRecord has record clearing services to help anybody with a criminal record. Our flat fees includes all required legal research, drafting and filing of all court documents, dealing with the District Attorney, and arguing your case in court. Typically, our clients rarely have to appear in court, so you should be able to sit back and let us do all of the work.

Florida Services

WipeRecord is here to help. We have record clearing services to help anybody with a criminal record move forward in life with confidence and peace of mind. These rules can be complex, so contact our experienced attorneys to see if you qualify to have your record sealed-we are happy to provide a free consultation to let you know what your options are to clear your criminal record.

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The Benefits of a Clean Record

  • Get the job you want and make more money
  • Travel internationally without worrying
  • Reduce the cost of loans and insurance
  • Quit worrying about what people will find in a background check
  • Truthfully tell employers that you have not been convicted
  • Put your past mistakes behind you

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