Florida Criminal Expungement
Living with a Florida criminal record can be difficult—it can be frustrating being 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 don’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 general 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.
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. Successfully sealing or expunging a Florida criminal record, has many clear benefits, 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
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.
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 Reutersrel=”nofollow” target=”blank” 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 Expungement Services
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. If you qualify for a Florida Expungement, you can move forward in life as if the event causing you to previously have a criminal record 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, 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.
The eligibility for record sealing in Florida is similar to the expungement requirements described above, however, record sealing applies to criminal records relating 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.
Florida’s expungement and record sealing rules can be quite complex, and 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 quicker you contact us, the quicker we can get to work helping you put your past mistakes permanently behind you!
Click here to view the Florida expungement statute.