How to Expunge a Record in Florida?

I have been sealing and expunging records in Florida for years.  I cannot count the amount of Florida criminal record seals and expunctions I have completed.  If you are interested in sealing or expunging your record, talk to a Jacksonville criminal attorney with experience clearing Florida criminal records.  In order to seal or expunge your record, you must go through a multi step process.  If you do not complete a step or do it improperly, this could hinder your record seal or expunction.

If you want to seal or expunge your record, you must be eligible.  If you try to seal or expunge your record without being eligible, you will only waste your time and money.  If you want to know if you are able to expunge your Florida record, read Can I Expunge My Florida Criminal Record?  Go through the checklist.  After doing so, call a Jacksonville attorney at (904) 564-2525 to start the process.  If you are not able to expunge your record, you maybe eligible for a Florida record seal, read Can I Seal My Florida Criminal Record?  There is a checklist that you can go through.   If you are eligible, a Jacksonville lawyer can help you with this.  Call (904) 564-2525 or send an email by clicking on Find a Lawyer.

If you are not eligible for a record seal or expunction, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will reject your application.  You must also make sure that you apply for the proper category.  You do not want to apply for a record seal when you really should be expunging your record.  On the same note, your application to expunge your record will be rejected if you should really be applying for a record seal.  If you take the wrong course of action, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will not notify you right away.  In some cases, it takes several months for you to find out that you made a mistake.  That is why it is so important that your application and supporting documents are right the first time.   Lately, it has been taking the FDLE over six months to return a certificate of eligibility after receiving the application.  If your paperwork is not correct, it could take much longer.

Some people believe that after they have received the certificate of eligibility from the FDLE that the record is sealed.  This is not true.  This is just the beginning.  You will still need to petition the court.  Do not petition the court in the wrong county.  Your Jacksonville criminal attorney will be able to make sure that you do this properly.   If the state attorney opposes your petition to seal or expunge your record, you will need to go to a hearing before the judge.  If this is the case, talk to your Jacksonville lawyer about fighting to have your petition granted, so the judge will order that your record be sealed or expunged.

The bottom line is that when you are sealing or expunging your record, you want to do it right the first time.  This is not a fast process even when you know what you are doing.  Most people want to erase their criminal histories, so they can apply for a new job or go to college.  They want their records cleared as soon as possible.  If you are trying to clear your Florida record, contact a Jacksonville criminal attorney with experience sealing and expunging records.  Call (904) 564-2525.


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