erase your record the diy guide to expunging your record in florida, without a lawyer

The Book

The DIY Florida expungement book”Erase Your Record: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Seal or Expunge Your Florida Criminal Record Without an Attorney“* entered the market in 2018. It is a self help book assisting people who want to seal or expunge their own criminal record.

It is written for someone with a single arrest but someone with multiple arrests will also find this book useful.

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The DIY Florida Expungement Book

The book will help you with:

  • Finding out if you qualify.
  • How to fill out the FDLE application.
  • What you need to include with the application.
  • Does the application have to be signed by the State Attorney.
  • What if FDLE asks for more information.
  • What if FDLE denies the application.
  • How do you write the petition?
  • How do you write the affidavit?
  • How do your write the proposed order
  • Who do you have to serve?
  • What court do I file the petition in?
  • How do I electronic file the petition?
  • How do I contact the court to set a hearing?

Those aren’t difficult tasks if you know how to do it. That’s why I wrote the book “Erase Your Record.” It is a step by step guide taking you through the process in an easily read format.

The Helpful Checklists

I have provided checklists at the end of each chapter for you to go through before you move to the next phase. All you have to do is follow the instructions through each chapter and check off the boxes at the end. Once you have completed the checklist, you can move to the next chapter.

Only $24 Paperback

The cost of the book is the same as the cost to obtain your criminal history from FDLE. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read the book for free on a Kindle. However, as I suggest in the book, you should write inside the book and check-off the checklist as you go.

Updates and Corrections

Updates and corrections to “Erase Your Record: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Seal or Expunge Your Florida Criminal Record Without an Attorney” will be placed on the Addendum page (see below) until updates can be incorporated into the book.

If you already have the book it may be a good thing to browse this page every so often as you are going through it.

This is especially true if you are confused. Before asking for a clarification on the form below, first check the Addendum page (below) for a possible correction or update.

Requesting Clarification

If you have the book and something is just not making sense to you, please fill out the form (below) and I will provide any necessary revision. This not only helps you, it helps me make the needed updates.

Before you submit your information, you should first check the Addendum page. It is possible that someone else had this same issue and the correction has already been listed.

Addendum Page (temporarily here)

Whenever I have been asked to clarify the text of the book, or the law has been changed making the current text unclear, I will try to clarify it and add it here as a quick reference for the users of the book.

Currently, there have been two changes since the book was published.

Change – Application Location

This refers specifically to Chapter 3: Obtaining Your “Certificate of Eligibility.” The application has been moved and FDLE has made it a fill in the blank form. Make sure to select what application you need to use before beginning. The selection is located at the top of the application page on FDLE’s website.

Change – Qualifications

The second change occurred on October 1, 2019. Florida amended the eligibility qualifications. You can find the updated information on my qualifications page.

Document Preparation Help

One of the big hurdles when trying to do your own Florida record sealing or expungement is creating the petition, affidavit, and the proposed order. Have an attorney prepare these forms for you. Submit your information on the Document Preparation page.

*The book “Erase Your Record” is the sole property of Dirga Products, LLC.