Category: Florida Expungement Law

Who Gets Notified that My Record is Expunged

Who Gets Notified of Your Expungement

In this post the term Expunge and Seal are interchangeable unless it is specifically delineated. An order to expunge requires the destruction of criminal history record information. An order to seal requires the criminal history information to be made confidential….

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Effect of Sealed/Expunged Record and the FCIC/NCIC

expungements and sealings and the NCIC and FCIC

Question: Does my record still show up on the NCIC database after it has been expunged or sealed? A couple of other ways this may be asked is: Will a sealed record appear on a background check? or, Will an…

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Expunging or Sealing Multiple Arrests

Many people who seek to have their criminal history expunged or sealed have multiple arrests. Most want to expunge or seal all of their arrests. In this post I will review the case law that relates to the subsection (4)(c)…

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Discretion of the Court: The Standard of Review for Expungements and Sealings

A Court’s discretion on whether to grant or deny a petition to expunge or seal a criminal arrest record has been a confusing topic and has had many appellate decisions written about it. The confusion stems from a sentence within…

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Florida Expungements and Predicate Sexual Offenses

In 2007 additional language was added to Florida’s expungement and sealing statutes that prohibited all sexually motivate offenses from qualification.

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Record Expungement and Firearm Purchasing Restriction

firearm purchasing restriction

People often ask if a Record Sealing can help them get out from under the temporary restriction on purchasing firearms after they have been found guilty of certain offenses. Under certain conditions, even a withhold of adjudication can result in…

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Florida’s Lawful Self-Defense Expungement

In recent years, Florida has added a couple more types of expungements to the current laws. These are the Human Trafficking Expungement, meant to address crimes committed by people who were being “trafficked” against their will, and the Lawful Self-Defense…

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Criminal Records Do Not Go Away On Their Own

criminal records do not go away on their own

There is a misconception that Florida criminal records go away after a specific time. This is incorrect. This belief is based, not on the fact that the record has disappeared – which it hasn’t, but that certain employment background checks…

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Arrested When Visiting Florida

when florida visitors get arrested

Florida had over 113 million visitors in 2016. That’s a lot (considering the state’s population is just under 21 million). Unfortunately, not everyone who visited returned home without first being arrested. I have been a criminal defense lawyer since 1995…

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How Long Does a Florida Expungement Take

how long it takes to expunge a record in florida

One of the most often asked questions regarding a Florida expungement or sealing is “how long does it take to complete?” The quick answer today is anywhere between 8-12 months or longer*, and I’ll explain why below. *As of August…

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