Sealing A Criminal Record

by Refik W Eler on Jul. 10, 2017


Summary: Florida Courts may allow the sealing of a criminal record in certain instances.


In Florida, if you have not been convicted of certain crimes or charges were dropped and you receive a "Letter of Eligibility" from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), you may petition the court to seal your arrest record. 


The entire process usually takes between 6-8 weeks and certain documents must be submitted to FDLE (including your fingerprints) with your application. A lawyer can assist with the entire process and especially the petition which must be filed in court if and when you receive the "Letter of Eligibility" from FDLE.  


Once the petition is granted, the court would then enter an Order directing law enforcement agencies and FDLE to seal your record. 


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