Background checks and criminal histories are important in two ways when it comes to sealing or expunging your record. First, you don’t want your record to show up on a background check and second, a background check (criminal history) is the best thing to have in order to know what you want off your record.
Obtaining a Background Check
The background check (or more properly called a criminal history) that you really want to obtain is the one from the government, in this case the Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE]. This is the one that is sold to private background companies and anyone else that has $24 to spend. It also tells us exactly what is being sold.
F.D.L.E. Background Check; Florida Only
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement [F.D.L.E.] provides a reasonably accessible and official criminal background check only for Florida. A criminal background check through FDLE can be obtained on their website. This only provides information for Florida arrests and should not be used if you think you have been arrested in another state. Cost $24.
F.D.L.E. Background Check; Florida and National
FDLE also provides a national background check. It is only for entitled entities that are required to do level 2 background checks on their employees. If you need to find out what happened in another state that you were arrested in you need to request the criminal history from that state’s agency. You can also request information from the FBI, however that may be more tedious.
Many people believe that lawyers have unlimited access to thorough background checks. This is not true. Attorneys can log on to additional information provided by certain Clerks of Court but this is far from a background evaluation to determine your eligibility to expunge or seal your record.
Like everyone else, we must pay for a service and from there make any required inquiries from the courts that are necessary. This takes time and money. We try to be as thorough with our expungement qualification evaluation as possible while at the same time be convenient for you. If you do not run a criminal history, as suggested above, I will make a determination on your qualification based on the information you have provided and any information I can find through Clerk of Court free online services.
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More information about Florida Expungements and Sealings:
- What is a Florida Expungement (Sealing)
- Qualifying for a Record Expungement (Sealing)
- What does “Convicted” mean in Florida
- Arrests that Cannot be Sealed (but can be Expunged)
- FDLE Criminal History Check
- Getting Started Expunging (Sealing) Your Arrest Record
- What to do after Your Record is Expunged (Sealed)