Our expungement costs and fees include:
- Legal fee is $739.
- FDLE Fee is $75.
- Court Costs/Filing Fees average $75 (but can be higher or lower).
- Hearing Fee if a hearing is required.
The only cost we have control over is our legal fee. To reduce our fees, we have separated the hearing fee from the overall legal fee. Most cases do not require a hearing.
Expungement Costs – Payment Plan
Our legal fees are $739. To get started, we have a few options. We have a two payment plan, with an initial fee to start and the final fee ($350) due once we receive your Certificate of Eligibility. And we have a monthly fee (for 8 months). Let’s start with the two payment plan:
Initial Fee $389
The initial fee to get started is $389.00. This includes the cost of obtaining certified copies of your court file before it is sealed or expunged. See below.
Initial Fee $465 Option
You can pay the $465 initial fee which includes the $75 FDLE cost. This allows you to not have to worry about getting the money order which is needed very soon after hiring us.
➠ The Certificate of Eligibility is obtained from FDLE and is required before we can petition the court.
Monthly Payment Plan
We can start on your expungement or sealing for just $93 per month. This will last 8 months. It does not include the costs and you must provide a credit card and be okay with automatic charges each month. The total ends up being $744, slightly higher than the other plan.
The legal fee covers the petitioning of the court to seal or expunge your record and the motion and notice to set a hearing, if necessary. It does not cover the hearing (if required), or extraordinary hearings to include motions to compel or writs. It does not cover appeals.
Costs That We Can’t Control
Expungement costs are expenses required to be paid outside the legal fee. These include:
- the Florida Department of Law Enforcement fee ($75),
- costs for notary services (Max. $10 per notary stamp),
- cost for fingerprints ($varies), and
- the filing fee or court costs ($varies, usually around $75).
- (Any money you still owe the court on the case.)
For specific information regarding the costs for each county, go to our expungement locations page and click on the county where your case is located. Specific costs and fees are updated there as well as hearing fees.
Hearings are usually not required. If the State Attorney’s office objects to the granting of the petition, then we must have a hearing. There are also some counties that require a hearing each time, even when the State Attorney does not object. If a hearing is required, there is an additional hearing fee. The amount of this fee is determined by county.
Go to our Record Expungement LOCATIONS page and click on the County where your case originates for more information on particular County fees, including the hearing fee.
Total Legal Fee Due Before Filing Petition
It takes about 5-8 months for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] to process the application and issue your Certificate of Eligibility. When received, the remaining legal fees are due.
You can pay the final $350 in one payment or multiple payments. If you are on the monthly fee payment plan we can wait until the 8 monthly payments have been made or pay the remainder all at once. We will let you know your options.
Once the entire legal fee is paid in full, we file the petition with the court to complete the process.
Obtaining Certified Copies of Documents
Our legal fee includes obtaining certified copies of existing documents you may need for your records after your case has been sealed or expunged. We send you these at the completion of your case. This is important for people that are:
- Seeking employment with an Entitled Entity.
- Want to apply to the Florida Bar.
- Not a United States Citizen.
You may have to pay for the notarization and fingerprint costs. If you are local (Orlando area) we can do the notarizations for you for free. Just schedule a time to come in.
There are no refunds. Once the process starts with your initial payment, we get started. So, if halfway you decide you do not want to do this, we cannot return your money that has been already paid. The good news is you won’t have to continue with any future payments. NOTE: If you are on the Monthly Payment plan, you will have paid more towards the legal fee by the time we receive any notifications from FDLE.
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