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How to Expunge Records That Did Not Lead To A Conviction - FL

Florida law allows an arrest record to be expunged so that the record of the arrest record is hidden from the public and will not show up on any criminal background checks. You may be eligible to have your record expunged if if 1) all charges were dismissed before the trial (or if 10 years have passed since having the record sealed), 2) you have not any record expunged for any offense in any state, and 3) you have no prior convictions in any state.

Difference Between Requirements for Expungment and Record Sealing In Florida

As far as eligibility... Expungement is for arrests that did NOT lead to a conviction, withheld adjudication or an acquittal. Expungement can also be used for records that have been sealed for 10 years. In other words, expungement is only available where a charge was dismissed before trial or 10 years after a record has been sealed. Record sealing is for cases lead to a conviction, withheld adjudication or an acquittal.

Difference Between Benefits of Expungment and Record Sealing In Florida

As far as the benefits... Having a record sealed does not require certain agencies to actually ?"destroy" the records. An expungement requires all agencies to destroy their records of the case or arrest. Both sealing and expunging a record removes the information from public records. Both require that the information be made confidential. Expungment just takes it a step further by ordering that the records are destroyed. A record may be sealed where a person is found not guilty at trial or adjudication was withheld.

Expungement when received a pardon

A pardon does not make a person eligible for expungement.


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