Expunge and Seal Criminal Records
Florida Allows a person to seal or expunge a prior criminal record in some circumstances and for some offenses. Expungement is the destroying of the file after dismissal. Sealing requires the case be placed in a file sealed by order
of the court to which no one is allowed to access. Both have the same result that-
A person who has had the record sealed or expunged may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrests
covered by the expunged or sealed record, except when/if they are:
1. A candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency;
2. A defendant in a criminal prosecution;
3. Concurrently or subsequently petitioning for relief under these statutes (you can only do it once);
4. A candidate for admission to The Florida Bar;
5. Seeking to be employed or licensed by or to contract with the Department or Children and Family Services or
the Department of Juvenile Justice or to be employed or used by such contractor or licensee in a sensitive
position having direct contact with children, the developmentally disabled, the aged, or the elderly;
6. Seeking to be employed or licensed by the Department of Education, any district school board, any university
laboratory school, and charter school, any private or parochial school, or any local government entity that
licenses child care facilities.
7. Attempting to purchase a firearm.
8. Seeking employment at a Florida seaport.
Some offenses, like domestic violence and child abuse, do not qualify to be sealed or expunged.
A person is not qualified if they have any criminal convictions.
This does not automatically remove a person from the mug-shot websites and some background checks, it is only the first step in the process.
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