Seal Criminal Records
In certain situations, the history of a criminal arrest may be removed from an individual’s public record. Obtaining employment, education, loans, licensure, or adopting children are all common reasons to get a criminal record sealed or expunged.
What is sealing a criminal record?
The goal of both sealing and expunging a criminal record is to remove the history of the crime from public view. Sealing a criminal record prevents the general public from accessing any information relating to the record, while expunging a record removes or destroys it entirely — making it completely unavailable for access, even by court order. Learn more about expunging a criminal record here.
When a record is sealed, certain governmental or related entities will still have access to all of the record information. These circumstances, listed in entirety in 943.059(4)(a), Florida Statutes, include when the individual of the record:
- Is a candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency;
- Is a defendant in a criminal prosecution;
- Is petitioning for relief under s. 943.0583, or s.943.0585;
- Is a candidate for admission to The Florida Bar;
Is seeking to be employed or licensed by the Department of Children and Families, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation with the Department of Education, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Health, the Department of Elderly Affairs, or the Department of Juvenile Justice;
Is seeking to be employed or licensed by the Department of Education, any school district board, or certain schools or child care facilities; or is seeking to purchase a firearm
Once a record is successfully sealed, if you are not dealing with any of the above scenarios, you may legally state that you have not been convicted of or arrested for that particular offense.
To qualify to have your criminal record sealed, you must not have been convicted of any criminal offenses (including those not relating to the record you would like sealed), and you must not have ever sealed or expunged a prior arrest record in the State of Florida.
How do I get started?
If you think you might be eligible to seal a criminal record, our attorneys at Joffe Law, P.A. will help you through the entire process. You will begin by completing an application to the FDLE for a Certificate of Eligibility, then information is submitted to the Courts, the State Attorney’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Our attorneys have over 50 years of experience sealing and expunging criminal records. We make the process as quick and seamless as possible. A single arrest on a record can have detrimental effects when it comes to employment, education, or background checks. The process of removing the arrest from your public record is well worth the investment.
Contact Joffe Law, P.A. at 954-723-0007 to get started today.