If you have ever been arrested or issued a notice to appear citation in Florida, you likely have a criminal record. This will show up on a Florida criminal background check. If you want to know what is in your criminal history, you can run a background check on yourself. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, also known as the FDLE, can help you with this:
“Under Florida and federal law, an individual has the right to request a copy of his or her criminal history record for purposes of review, to ensure that it is both accurate and complete. This process is known as a Personal Review. The requestor may examine the record obtained through Personal Review for accuracy and to challenge any information contained within the criminal history record that the record subject believes is inaccurate or incomplete. No charge is assessed by FDLE for this service. See s.943.056, Florida Statutes. A Personal Review allows an individual to determine which, if any, date(s) of arrest the applicant will be eligible to have sealed or expunged.”
As a Jacksonville criminal lawyer who seals and expunges Florida records, I have represented many people that needed to erase arrests from their records. Some people know exactly what is on their criminal records. Other people do not. The only way to be sure is to conduct a background check.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also provides a method to check public criminal records of other people:
“FDLE is the central repository of criminal history information for the State of Florida. This site allows you to perform a search of FDLE’s Computerized Criminal History (CCH) files which include State of Florida criminal history information only. FDLE’s CCH files are continuously updated to provide you with the most current information. The information you receive today, could be outdated tomorrow as additional arrests and related information are added. Sealed information is disseminated only to those agencies authorized by provisions in Section 943.059, F.S. and is not provided by this internet service. Expunged criminal history information is likewise not disseminated. Juvenile criminal history information, not sealed or expunged, is disseminated only when the subject was taken into custody for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult.”
If you were arrested as an adult, this information is public record in Florida. You may be eligible to change this by sealing or expunging your Florida criminal record. If you would like to expunge or seal your record, contact a Jacksonville attorney with experience expunging and sealing records. Call 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525 or send and email to Find a Lawyer.