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 misdemeanor arrest but someone with multiple arrests or a felony arrest may also be able to use this book but may have to consult with an attorney.
The DIY Florida Expungement Book
If you have ever considered trying to expunge your criminal arrest record yourself you probably already know:
- If you qualify.
- How to fill out the application.
- Where to send the application.
But consider the following questions:
- 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.
Since the law is subject to change (as are the rules, procedures, etc.), the pages that follow are here to update and provide guidance to the readers when the changes occur or when they find the book unclear.
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 link 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 for a possible correction or update.
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.
Whenever I have been asked to clarify the text of the book, or the law (or something else) has been changed making the current text unclear, I will try to clarify it and add it to the Addendum page as a quick reference for the users of the book. Review the Addendum page here.
Document Preparation Help
One of the big hurdles when trying to do your own Florida record sealing or expungement is crating 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.