Did you know that in Florida all arrests remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life? It doesn't matter if the police arrested the wrong person, if you were found not guilty by a jury, or if the charges were dropped. It will always be on your criminal history report.
The only way around this is to seal or expunge that case. This process is confusing, lengthy, and is best done by an attorney.
We want you to get a fresh start by eliminating a huge barrier to your employment, housing, and income: your arrest record.
Our attorneys will research your eligibility under the law and, if you qualify, we will complete the paperwork on your behalf and represent you in court.
These are general eligibility requirements as determined by Florida law and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
In order to qualify for sealing or expungement, you must:
- have been arrested in Florida
- have no open criminal cases (pending trial or in pretrial diversion)
- have never been adjudicated guilty of a crime (this is different than pleading guilty and is also different than having adjudication withheld)
- have completed all terms of probation, if ordered
- have never had a case sealed or expunged in the past
- not owe any fines, fees, court costs, or restitution
There are additional requirements that can be discussed after our attorneys complete an initial eligibility evaluation.
Human Trafficking Survivor Exception
If you are a human trafficking survivor, Florida law may allow you to have cases sealed or expunged even if you were adjudicated guilty.