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.

RESULTS - Get Your Life Back and Protect Your Future After an Arrest

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 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.

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.

Who Can View Your Criminal History Record Once It's Sealed?

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.

Effect of Criminal History Record Sealing

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:

  1. Is a candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency;
  2. Is a defendant in a criminal prosecution;
  3. Concurrently or subsequently petitions for relief under this section or s. 943.0585 or s. 943.059
  4. Is a candidate for admission to The Florida Bar;
  5. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by or to contract with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, or the Department of Juvenile Justice or to be employed or used by such contractor or licensee in a sensitive position having direct contact with children, the developmentally disabled, the aged, or the elderly as provided in s.110.1127(3), s.393.063, s.394.4572(1), s.397.451, s.402.302(3), s.402.313(3), s.409.175(2)(i), s.415.102(4), chapter 916, s. 985.644, chapter 400, or chapter 429;
  6. Is seeking to be employed or licensed by the Department of Education, any district school board, any university laboratory school, any charter school, any private or parochial school, or any local governmental entity that licenses child care facilities; or
  7. Is seeking authorization from a Florida seaport identified in s.311.09 F.S. for employment within or access to one or more of such seaports pursuant to s.311.12 F.S. or s.311.125 F.S.
  8. Is attempting to purchase a firearm from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer and is the subject to a criminal history background check under state or federal law.

Contact a Florida Attorney for Effective Criminal Record Sealing and Expungements of Criminal Records

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.

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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1391 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway
Sunrise, FL 33323
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