Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records

Orlando, FL Sealing and Expungement Lawyer

In limited circumstances, the State of Florida has agreed that records should be sealed or expunged.  There is a strict application process that must be followed.  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the arresting agency and the State Attorney’s Office are involved in this process.

What is a Sealing?

It’s when your arrest record, court record and criminal history are not accessible by the general public.  However, these records will be available for government agencies to review.  Anyone else seeking to view the record would have to get an order from the court.  After your record has been sealed for 10 years, then you may apply to have the record expunged.

How is expunging different?

Expunging requires your criminal arrest to be purged by the arresting agency, the State Attorney’s Office, and your court record will be sealed from public view.

What to expect?

The process usually takes about 1 year.  First, an application with a fee has to be submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  Once they process the application which usually takes about 6-9 months, then a Petition needs to be filed with the court.  The law requires the Petition to contain very specific information.  The State and arresting agency have a chance to respond.  Then a court hearing may be required.

When Every Decision Matters…

This needs to be done right.  You need an attorney to fill out the forms appropriately and negotiate with all the parties. If one step or criteria isn’t met then your sealing or expunging may be denied.

Contact us for immediate assistance.