How to Expunge Florida Criminal Records
Everybody makes mistakes. Perhaps you were in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time and found yourself in the bad graces of a law enforcement official due to the negligence of somebody you thought was your friend. From having a simple speeding ticket on your record to more serious brushed with the law, it is possible to get Florida criminal records either erased, or at least sealed.
The necessary steps to expunge a criminal record in Florida
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), there is a process known as expungement which allows for certain Florida arrest records and criminal records to become removed. To initiate this process, you should do the following:
- Complete an application with a notary public present.
- An applicant must provide his / her fingerprints to a criminal justice agency or some other law enforcement official.
- Next, the applicant is required to obtain a certified disposition of the case from the Clerk of Courts in the county where the charges he or she wishes to expunge originated. Some additional documents that are commonly requested also include a Termination of Probation (certified) and a letter of completion for those who may have undergone a qualified Diversion program (also certified).
- The final step include issuing a nonrefundable payment in the amount of $75.00 via money order or cashier’s check to the FDLE. If your goal is to have your charges completely erased, then you will need to take the application to the state’s attorney and allow him or her to complete a special section within the application.
Upon successful completion all of these steps, it then becomes possible for individuals to receive what is known as the certificate of eligibility for expungement.
However, applicants should also note that there is no guarantee their applications will be approved since there is a list of violations that are not eligible for expungement such as arson, homicide and robbery to name a few. Applicants are encouraged to visit the FDLE website to begin the seal and expunge process.