Eligibility

Although many states do not allow record sealing or record expungement, the State of Florida does. This can give you a fresh start for your future. Once your criminal record is sealed or expunged, you will feel more comfortable applying for jobs, loans and obtaining housing.

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Process

Many applications are handled and approved without a hearing. However there are a small number of counties that demand a hearing on every case. Once approved, the Judge issues an Order sealing or expunging your record. The Clerk's office then forwards the Order to the appropriate agencies to seal or expunge your record. Costs charged by the Clerk's vary from County to County, 

Cost

Our legal fees for sealing or expunging your criminal history record are $495 plus the costs we must pay out to the various agencies and clerk's offices to complete the process. Costs generally range from $167 to $228 depending on the charges of the Clerk of Court in the County that you were arrested in. We also offer a payment plan if you wish to pay the fees and costs over time.

 

Results

The legal record of your criminal history is effectively erased or destroyed, so your criminal record is not publicly known. (Certain government agencies may still have access to sealed criminal records.) Your record will not come up during a routine criminal background check by a prospective employer, landlord, credit card company or insurance agent, with a few exceptions. You can answer "no" to any application that asks if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, including applications for employment, apartments, loans or insurance.

 

HELP DOWN THE LONG ROAD TO RECORD
SEALING AND EXPUNGEMENT

 

 The road to having a criminal record sealed or expunged is a long one, and one we have traveled with clients many times.  However, once your record is sealed or expunged, you are free to fill out job or loan applications and state that you were never arrested or charged with a crime. You improve your odds when it comes to being a final candidate for a job and so many more instances that you are not even aware are impacted by having a criminal record. So let's get going.

 

HERE IS HOW THE PROCESS WORKS?

 

 WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR RECORD SEALING?  

  • Those who have never had a prior record sealed or expunged in the state of Florida.
  • Those who have never been adjudicated guilty of a prior criminal offense or the current offense they wish to have sealed (received a withheld adjudication, dismissal of the charges, or not guilty after trial).
  • Those whose criminal arrest record does not pertain to an offense on the prohibited offense list.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR EXPUNGEMENT?

  • Those who have never had a prior record sealed or expunged in the state of Florida.
  • Those who have never been adjudicated guilty of a prior criminal offense or the current offense they wish to have sealed (received a withheld adjudication, dismissal of the charges, or not guilty after trial.
  • These arrests where an indictment or other charging document was never filed in the case, or after an indictment or other charging document was filed, it was dismissed by the State or the Court.
  • You are also eligible for an expungement after your record has been sealed for 10 years.

CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY 

A Certificate of Eligibility must be issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). This is done by obtaining a certified copy of the record of your case and if you were placed on probation, a letter showing that your probation was successfully completed is also required.

These documents are sent along with the application for the Certificate to the FDLE, along with a $75 filing fee. In the case of an expungement, the Office of the State Attorney must also sign the application prior to it being sent to the FDLE.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will determine whether or not your file is eligible for sealing or expungement, and if so, will issue the Certificate of Eligibility. This process can take several months if there is a backlog of applications filed with the FDLE. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to speed up this part of the process, it is totally under the control of the FDLE. Please note that the issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility does not mean that your criminal history record will be ordered sealed or expunged. It merely indicates that you are eligible.

The Certificate of Eligibility is then filed with a petition and other legal documents heard for sealing or expungement in the Court where your case was heard.


THE PETITION PROCESS

Once approved, the Judge issues an Order sealing or expunging your record. The Clerk's office then forwards the Order to the appropriate agencies to seal or expunge your record. Costs associated with the Clerk's office range between $42 and $122, depending on the County in which your arrest occurred in.

Most applications are handled and approved without a hearing. However there are some counties, Palm Beach for example, that require a hearing on every case. A certified copy of the order will then issued by the clerk of the court. 

 

CONTACT US TODAY!

We can help you restore your good name and reputation. Call Florida lawyer Robert Serrone at 888-228-4529 or contact us online. Robert Serrone, P.A helps clients in sealing and expunging criminal records in the Fort Lauderdale area, Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, South Florida and throughout the entire State of Florida.

 

The road to having a criminal record sealed or expunged is a long one, and one we have traveled with clients many times.

However, once your record is sealed or expunged, you are free to fill out job or loan applications and state that you were never arrested or charged with a crime. You improve your odds when it comes to being a final candidate for a job and so many more instances that you are not even aware are impacted by having a criminal record. So let's get going.

Here is how the process works:

Who is eligible for record sealing?

Those who have never had a prior record sealed or expunged in the state of Florida.

Those who have never been adjudicated guilty of a prior criminal offense or the current offense they wish to have sealed (received a withheld adjudication, dismissal of the charges, or not guilty after trial)

Those whose criminal arrest record does not pertain to an offense on the prohibited offense list

Who is eligible for record expungement?

Those who have never had a prior record sealed or expunged in the state of Florida.

Those who have never been adjudicated guilty of a prior criminal offense or the current offense they wish to have sealed (received a withheld adjudication, dismissal of the charges, or not guilty after trial

These arrests where an indictment or other charging document was never filed in the case, or after an indictment or other charging document was filed, it was dismissed by the State or the Court

You are also eligible for an expungement after your record has been sealed for 10 years.

Certificate of Eligibility

A Certificate of Eligibility must be issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). This is done by obtaining a certified copy of the record of your case and if you were placed on probation, a letter showing that your probation was successfully completed is also required.

These documents are sent along with the application for the Certificate to the FDLE, along with a $75 filing fee. In the case of an expungement, the Office of the State Attorney must also sign the application prior to it being sent to the FDLE.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will determine whether or not your file is eligible for sealing or expungement, and if so, will issue the Certificate of Eligibility. This process can take several months if there is a backlog of applications filed with the FDLE. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to speed up this part of the process, it is totally under the control of the FDLE. Please note that the issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility does not mean that your criminal history record will be ordered sealed or expunged. It merely indicates that you are eligible.

The Certificate of Eligibility is then filed with a petition and other legal documents heard for sealing or expungement in the Court where your case was heard.

The Petition Process

Once approved, the Judge issues an Order sealing or expunging your record. The Clerk's office then forwards the Order to the appropriate agencies to seal or expunge your record. Costs associated with the Clerk's office range between $42 and $108, depending on the County.

Most applications are handled and approved without a hearing. However there are some counties, Palm Beach for example, that require a hearing on every case. A certified copy of the order will then issued by the clerk of the court. 

We can help you restore your good name and reputation. Call Florida lawyer Robert Serrone at 888-531-8969 or contact us online. Robert Serrone, P.A helps clients in sealing and expunging criminal records in the Tampa, Fort Lauderdale area, Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, South Florida and throughout the entire State of Florida.

Broward County Criminal Lawyer - Record Sealing and Expungement 

Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston, Wilton Manors 

Palm Beach County Criminal Lawyer - Record Sealing and Expungement 

Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, Loxahatchee, Mangonia Park, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Singer Island, Tequesta, Town of Palm Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach

 

Address

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Sunrise, FL 33323
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