If you have ever been arrested in Florida, even if the charges were ultimately dropped, it’s now a matter of public record. This can be a huge problem if you are applying for a new job, looking for a new apartment, filling out college admissions applications, or even trying to obtain or renew your trade license. Obviously, you need to solve this problem before one past mistake robs (sorry, robbery is not an eligible offense for sealing or expunction) you of your future opportunities. We can help.
The first step is to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (“FDLE”). Generally speaking, for qualifying charges, as long as you were not adjudicated guilty in the past, and this is your first petition to seal or expunge a criminal record, you may be eligible. However, the Florida Legislature has listed approximately 22 charges that are disqualified from this process, even if adjudication was withheld.
We will prepare your Application for Eligibility and submit it to the FDLE, along with your fingerprints for processing. This process can take up to 90 days. After we obtain your Certificate of Eligibility from the FDLE, we will file a petition with the Court and fight for your record to be sealed or expunged.