Attorney Eric J Dirga, PA

Category: Florida Expungement Law

Expungement Jurisdiction Issues

Where to File the Petition Typically, there are no issues with where to file a petition to seal or expunge. An arrest was made in the same county where the charges were brought. The charges listed for the arrest were…

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Electronic Court Records and Privacy

In this post I will review the how the Florida Supreme Court, through its various administrations, has addressed privacy from the early days of the internet to the present in regards to electronic access to court records. Judicial Management Council…

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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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