florida expungements fees and costs

Expungement Fees and Costs

I have been working with sealing and expunging criminal records since 1997. I keep the expungement cost to a minimum to provide the best service at the lowest price. I provide a service that, except for some initial paperwork, is completely handled by my office. This gives you the freedom to go on with your life knowing that your sealing or expungement is being professionally handled.

How Much Does Your Expungement Cost?

The legal fees are fixed. The expungement costs varies depending on the county where the arrest occurred, the nature of the charge, etc. Below I have gone over most of the “fixed” costs and the legal fees. This will give you a good idea of how much an expungement of sealing will cost you. Before you pay a dime to seal or expunge your arrest record you should know if you qualify. There is no reason any attorney cannot do this for you.

Let’s Make Sure You Qualify Before Spending A Dime

Before a legal fee is paid, you need to make sure you qualify to have your record sealed or expunged. By qualifying we mean that the information you provide and other sources meets the requirements to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility.

It is to your benefit to know whether you qualify before you spend time and money on this – there is no benefit to incur the expungement cost if, right from the beginning, you do not qualify. This requires information from you and double-checking with available resources. There is no guarantee that the information gathered and relied on from you or any other source is accurate, however, it should be able to explain any issues that we encounter.

What Will Your Expungement Cost

The total cost is broken down into the legal fees (what I get paid to do this for you) and the costs involved, such as the FDLE fee and court costs. I go through each expungement cost below.

The Legal Fee – $689*

The legal fee is what I charge to perform this service and represent you in Court. The total legal fee I currently charge is $689. The minimum initial fee to get started is $389 or you can make a higher initial payment. The process takes about 4-6 months to obtain a “Certificate of Eligibility.” Once that is obtained we can petition the court to seal or expunge your record.

*The legal fee covers the petitioning of the court to seal or expunge your record and the motion for hearing, if necessary. It does not cover extraordinary hearings to include motions to compel, writs or appeals – whether foreseen or unseen during initial evaluation. These issues are rare and can usually be foreseen when I conduct my review to determine if you qualify. 

Total Legal Fee Due Before Filing Petition

When the Certificate of Eligibility is received, the remaining legal fees are due. I try to remind you during the process that you can make payments so that you are not stuck having to make the remaining $300 payment all at once. During the 4-5 months waiting for the Certificate of Eligibility, you can make payments in any amount you like.

Initial Fee and Periodic Payments

The initial fee is up to you. I require a minimum $389 to start. However, I give the options to pay any amount you want, including the total amount of $689. You can then make payments on the remaining $300 or wait until I notify you of the receipt of your Certificate of Eligibility.

Obtaining Certified Copies of Documents

The legal fee includes obtaining certified copies of existing documents you may need for your records after your case has been sealed or expunged. Once the case has been sealed or expunged you will no longer have access to these records. I will give you all the important documents I have at the end of the case.

Costs/Expenses That Must Be Paid

Costs are expenses required to be paid outside the legal fee. You will be notified when these are due. These include:

  • the Florida Department of Law Enforcement fee ($75),
  • costs for notary services (Max. $10 per notary stamp),
  • cost for fingerprints ($varies),
  • the filing fee or court costs ($varies, usually around $75), and
  • the travel fee if a hearing is required ($varies).

The FDLE Fee – $75

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement requires a $75 processing fee when we submit the paperwork for your Certificate of Eligibility. This must be in the form of a money order made out to F.D.L.E. for $75 or you can pay my office the $75 and we can write a business check that is acceptable to the Department.

Notary and Fingerprinting

One of the first things that you will receive is a seal or expunge packet. This currently includes the three documents you need to have notarized and a fingerprint card that you must take to a law enforcement agency and have your fingerprints taken. You must pay for the notarization and fingerprint costs. If you are local (Orlando area) we can do the notarizations for you for free.

Court Costs or Filing Fees – Usually $75-$100

Court costs are typically paid upon filing the petition (filing fee) or after the court has granted your criminal record expungement or sealing. This typically costs between $75-$100.

If you still owe money in the underlying case (court costs, restitution, fines) these will have to be paid before the court will grant the petition. The court costs may be higher if the case involved co-defendants.

Out of Area Travel Fee (See bottom of this page)

If a hearing is required there is a cost for travel depending on how far the travel will be. My office is in Orlando, a fairly centralized location for Florida, so we can usually keep travel costs down. Don’t forget, often times the court does not require a hearing. No hearing, no costs.

However, if a hearing is required it is important that I attend the hearing for you in order to preserve a record for appeal if necessary. Travel costs run from $100 – $750 depending on the county. You can ask what the travel fee will be if there is a hearing in your particular case or see below for the current list.

Another option is to have me find an attorney to cover the hearing. This is usually between $100 and $200.

If You Want More Information

Please fill out the form below. I try to reply within 24 hours excluding weekends, holidays, and vacations. You can also view additional information about expungement services.

Travel Fees By County

Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard = No travel fee.

Polk, Sumter, Marion, Putnam, Flagler = $195.

Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin = $250.

Alachua, Levy, Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, De Soto, Pinellas, Highlands, Okeechobee, Palm Beach = $295.

Broward, Nassau, Duval, Clay, Union, Baker, Columbus, Charlotte, Lee, Glades, Hendry = $350.

Miami-Dade, Madison, Taylor, Dixie, Lafayette, Hamilton, Suwannee = $395.

Collier, Monroe = $495.

All others = ask.

More information about Florida Expungements and Sealings:

Florida Record Expungements and Sealings

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