Seal & Expunge Records
We can guarantee that we can seal or expunge your criminal history if you are eligible under Florida law to have your arrest record or criminal case sealed or expunged. If we seal or expunge your arrest record, you can legally deny ever having been arrested or entering a plea to a case. There are certain exceptions if we seal or expunge your case, including if you apply to the Florida Bar or to be a licensed teacher. You should make an appointment with us to discuss all the legal exceptions when we seal or expunge a case for you.Q: What is the difference when we seal or expunge a case for a client?
A: There is no practical difference between an order to seal or expunge a case. The result is the same. When the court enters an order to seal or expunge a case, the record is erased from the clerk's computer system and from all state criminal databases except the one run by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tallahassee which is not accessible by the general public. We will file a motion to SEAL your record when you enter a plea of guilty or no contest to a crime and receive a "withhold of adjudication" which is not a formal conviction. When the judge signs the order to seal your record, the clerk of the court literally takes your case file and seals it in an envelope which cannot be opened without further order of the court.
We will file a motion to EXPUNGE your record when you are arrested and the case is not filed by the prosecution or is dismissed at a later time or you are found not guilty. When the judge signs the order to expunge your file, the physical file is destroyed by the clerk.
When your record is SEALED the file is placed in a folder and sealed. When your record is expunged the file is destroyed.To seal or expunge a record, you must have no prior criminal history. Only certain crimes can be sealed. All crimes which were dismissed can be expunged.
We will do a free evaluation to see if you qualify for a motion to seal or expunge your case. If you qualify, we will seal or expunge your case with a money back guarantee. Because the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will issue a certificate of eligibility to seal or expunge your case, this is the one area in criminal law that we can ethically offer a money back guarantee.
In addition to the fee we charge to seal or expunge your record, there are two costs that are additional to our fee: $75.00 that is paid to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to check your record and issue the certificate of eligibility, and court costs of $35.00 to the clerk of the court when we file the motion to seal or expunge your case. Please email us or call us at 305-444-0755 for a free appointment or schedule your appointment here. We will be happy to evaluate your case and let you know if you qualify to for a motion to seal or expunge your case or arrest record.
Some common types of cases that we frequently help clients seal or expunge are possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, battery, assault, theft, grand theft, retail theft, solicitation, disorderly conduct, burglary, resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence.
DUI arrest records do not qualify for a seal or expunge motion.