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.
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,
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.
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.
A criminal record can change your life. Even after your case is dismissed or time is served, your criminal arrest record follows you until you do something about it. Fortunately, in Florida, sealing or expunging a criminal record is an option for many people who have been arrested or charged with a crime.
At the law firm of Robert Serrone, P.A., we specialize in sealing or expunging records so that once the process is complete, clients can legally say an arrest never occurred. Our main focus is the sealing and expungement of criminal records. You will not see solicitations for personal injury, divorce, bankruptcy or other matters. We do one thing and one thing very well — we get your record sealed or expunged.
The court-ordered processes for sealing criminal records and expungement can have a profound effect on your future:
The benefits of record sealing and expungement cannot be overstated. With a tight job market, you do not want to give employers any reason to put you in the "no" pile.
Getting your criminal record sealed or expunged can make a significant difference in your future. Once it has been effectively sealed through Florida criminal record sealing procedures, your criminal history record will no longer be available to the general public and can no longer haunt you — whether you are applying for a job or completing a loan application. However, there are a few minor exceptions to this rule.
Fort Lauderdale lawyer Robert Serrone can assist you in getting your criminal record sealed or expunged and will advise you of the full effects and record sealing exceptions within this process.
A criminal history record of a minor or an adult which is ordered sealed by a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to this section is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution and is available only to the person who is the subject of the record, to the subject's attorney, to criminal justice agencies for their respective criminal justice purposes, or to those entities set forth in sub paragraphs (a)1., 4., 5., and 6. for their respective licensing and employment purposes.
1. The subject of a criminal history record sealed under this section or under other provisions of law, including former s. 893.14, former s. 901.33, and former s. 943.058, may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrests covered by the sealed record, except when the subject of the record:
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 seal and expunge criminal records in the Fort Lauderdale area, in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, in South Florida and throughout the state.