SEALING OR EXPUNGING

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The Law Office of Lee Meadows has 36 years assisting people needing guidance regarding having a criminal record sealed or expunged. 

Depending on how your criminal case is resolved, Florida law allows you to have your Florida criminal records either:

Sealed or Expunged

An expunged record results in the physical destruction of all but one copy of your criminal record, which is maintained by FDLE.

A sealed record is concealed from public view and unavailable for public inspection, but can still be physically reviewed by law enforcement.

But neither sealed records, nor an expunged records are made available to a private employer or through a public background search.

Sealing

You may be eligible to have your criminal record sealed if:

  • You plead guilty or no contest to a crime, and
  • Received a withhold of adjudication, and
  • You have never been adjudicated guilty of any other crime.

When a record is sealed, courts and law enforcement agencies are prohibited from acknowledging their existence or divulging their contents to the public.

Expunging

You may be eligible to have your record expunged:

  • Charges were dismissed and
  • You have never been adjudicated guilty of any other crime.

When a record is expunged, courts and law enforcement agencies physically destroy the records related to your arrest. This makes it impossible for the allegations to be accidentally divulged. However, one copy is confidentially maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement forever.

For more information please visit:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0900-0999/0943/Sections/0943.059.html

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0900-0999/0943/Sections/0943.0585.html

 

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