Expungement and Record Sealing in Florida
If your criminal case qualifies for expungement, then all court records and police reports related to your case will no longer be discoverable pursuant to a background search and you will not have to disclose the incident to employers any longer under most circumstances. Employment with a criminal justice organization, the Department of Education and applying to the Florida Bar are examples of circumstances when a case will still have to be disclosed regardless of whether it has been sealed or expunged from your record. Expungement Attorney Antonio Quinn advises the clients of Quinn Law, P.A. as to when an arrest must be disclosed and when it is not required by law.
How do I know if my case qualifies for expungement?
- A person can only expunge or seal one arrest during their lifetime so if you have previously had an arrest sealed or expunged, you will not qualify for a second case.
- In order to qualify to have an arrest exunged in Florida, the charges are required to have been dismissed.
This happens when the State Attorney declines to file criminal charges in a case, also when a person has their charges dismissed through a "not guilty" verdict at trial or when the charges are dismissed due to completion of a pre-trial diversion program.
- If a person if adjudicated guilty on any charge ever, then they will not qualify to have an arrest sealed or expunged.
If I do not qualify to have my case expunged because the charges were not dismissed, can I have the arrest sealed?
- If the charges were not dismissed in your case, but adjudication was withheld then depending upon what you were arrested for you may be qualify to have your case sealed. Florida law prohibits sealing or expunging a record for certain offenses such as: domestic violence, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, child abuse, robbery, and drug trafficking to list a few (See Fl. Stat. 907.041). Record Sealing attorney Antonio D. Quinn, can help you to determine if you case qualifies.
- If a record is sealed then it will not be discoverable by the general public, but city, county, state and military agencies will still have the ability to access sealed criminal records.
- If a record is expunged, then a court order would be required before the records would be accessible by a government agency.
If your educational and employment opportunities are being limited by an arrest, then take back your future and contact expungement and record sealing attorney Antonio D. Quinn, today at (954) 463-0440 for an evaluation of whether or not your case qualifies for record sealing or expungement.