The Florida Expungement Packet (including the Seal Packet) is the forms necessary to petition the court to either seal or expunge your Florida criminal arrest record. This is offered on many websites that include the Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE], many Clerk’s of Court and State Attorney Offices. However, their packets are just generic application and fingerprint card. They include instructions but no real guidance.
Providing You the Florida Expungement Packet
When you hire me to represent you, the first thing I do is make sure you at least qualify before you begin – and that means before you pay. My packet is complete, the forms are filled out, and the packet includes the necessary affidavits for me to successfully petition the court on your behalf.
What the Florida Expungement Packet Contains
Most Florida Expungement Packets provided by non-attorneys are simply the generic form you can find on the FDLE’s website. You do not need a lawyer to print that off the web. The packet I send you will be complete.
Certificate of Eligibility Application
Before you can petition the court to seal or expunge your record you need to first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from FDLE. The Certificate of Eligibility Application you receive will already be filled out – all you will need to do is sign it and have it notarized.
The fingerprint card will be included – however, as long as a law enforcement agency takes your fingerprints on either their own card or the one provided – you will have no problem.
Affidavit to Seal or Expunge
This will not be in the generic Florida Expungement Packet. This is the affidavit that is required to be filed with the Petition to Expunge/Seal. All you will need to do is sign it and have it notarized.
Good Cause Affidavit
This is not a required affidavit (except for some circuits). I have all my clients fill this out, sign it, and have it notarized. This document usually keeps you from having to travel back to Florida for the hearing.
What You Have to Do
Filling out the Florida Expungement Packet is the only thing you will have to do when you hire me to represent you. Sealing or expunging your criminal record was never easier.
Sign and Notarize Application
You will have to review, read, sign and notarize the application. Make sure all the information is correct. Send it back to me when done.
Contact a local law enforcement agency to see when they provide fingerprints for the public. Most do this. Some require an appointment. Bring the fingerprint card I provided but don’t worry if they want to use their own card. Either will work. Send it back to me along with the application.
Sign and Notarize Affidavits
I provide you with two affidavits. I suggest you wait to sign and have these notarized until after we receive your Certificate of Eligibility. Some courts have objected to the affidavits that were signed more than a few months before they were filed.
Making it Easy For You
My entire goal is to make this as easy as possible on you. Once these documents have been returned, all you have to do is sit back and relax – I take care of everything else.