If you were arrested for a crime, but not convicted, you may be able to
expunge the arrest and Court information, thereby removing it from your record.
If you pled to a crime, but were given a Withhold of Adjudication by the
Court, you may be able to seal the record so that the details are no longer
What are the benefits of expunging or sealing a criminal record?
- That beautiful arrest photo on the Sheriff's office website will be
removed from the internet and public records.
- The information will be removed from the public records of the local Clerk
of Court. This includes the internet records on the Clerk's website.
Now Internet surfers won't happen upon your information from the Clerk of Court.
- You may avoid questions about the case from potential employers because
the record is gone (expunged) of sealed (not open for public view). Some
government, and other employers, may be able to see it, but most private
employers who run a background check will not have access to these records
after a sealing or expunction.
How do I seal or expunge my record?
The process of sealing or expunging a record starts with completing an
application for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE); then
a representative from the State Attorney's Office signs off on the
application; after this, you submit the application, fingerprints and
the fee to the FDLE.If FDLE gives you a certificate of approval, you then
file a Petition with the Court and in most cases, attend a Court hearing.
Can an attorney help me with this process?
Yes. A criminal defense attorney can complete the documents for you, ensure
that everything is filed correctly with the appropriate agency, obtain
the requried signature from the State Attorney's office, file the
Petition in Court, and represent you at the Court hearing.
If you would like more information on sealing or expunging, or want to
find out if you are eligible, the attorneys at Bogle Law would be happy
to help you.