What are the Benefits of a Sealing/Expungement?
If you are successful in sealing or expunging your records you can deny the charges ever existed or the arrest ever occurred and it will not appear on any private background checks done by employers, with a few exceptions including applications for employment with any law enforcement agency, state bar examiners, and employment working in close proximity to children or the elderly.
Are You Eligible for Sealing/Expungement?
To be eligible to seal or expunge a criminal record the applicant must be able to attest that they have never previously had a record sealed or expunged in Florida. With a few exceptions, a person may only seal or expunge one arrest record in one proceeding. More than one arrest record may be sealed or expunged in a single proceeding if the court, finds the arrests in question to be directly related.
Who Can See the Record After Sealing?
After a criminal history record is sealed, the general public will not have access to it. Under Florida law, only certain government agencies will be able to view sealed information. However, if a court orders your record to be expunged, it must be physically destroyed by criminal justice agencies, except that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement must retain a copy. That copy is kept confidential and can only be viewed by court order. In most cases, it is as if the incident never happened.