Expungement and Sealing
Under certain circumstances, the record of someone’s arrest or convictions can be expunged. This means that all “public records” of the person’s arrest or conviction would be erased from public view. When someone’s records are expunged, they can honestly say they have not been arrested or convicted of a crime when they apply for a job.
If you were arrested but not convicted of a crime, your criminal record may be eligible for sealing or expungement. To qualify, you must not have had a criminal record sealed or expunged in the past (even in another state), not may you have a pending petition to seal or expunge a criminal record. You can find a complete list of requirements in the Expunge/Seal Package available from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. You can also learn more by reading Florida Statutes §§ 943.0585 and 943.059 (2018).
Florida also offers expungement of arrest records for those who have been arrested “contrary to law or by mistake.: (Florida Statutes § 943.0581 (2018).)
If you were found guilty—or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere—there is an extensive list of crimes that are not eligible for expungement or sealing under Florida law. For example, you cannot have your record expunged or sealed if you have been found guilty of any felony or of driving under the influence, You can find more information, along with he complete list of disqualified offenses in the Expunge/Seal Package available from the FloridaDepartment of Law Enforcement. You can also learn more by reading Florida Statutes §§ 943.0585 and 943.059 (2018).