- Legal fee is $689.
- FDLE Fee is $75.
- Court Costs/Filing Fees average $75 (but can be higher).
- Travel Fee for Hearing (if required).
Expungement Representation Legal Fee $689
The legal fees are fixed. We require an initial fee of $389 to get started. The remaining $300 is due once we receive your Certificate of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The court cost varies depending on the county where the arrest occurred, the nature of the charge, etc., but is typically around $75.
Below I have gone over most of the “fixed” costs and the fixed legal fees. This will give you a good idea of how much an expungement of sealing will cost you.
Total Expungement Cost = Legal Fee + Costs/Expenses
The total expungement 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 total legal fee is currently $689. We break it down into two payments. The initial fee to get started is $389. The remaining fee ($300) is due when we receive your Certificate of Eligibility (about 6-months later).
*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
It takes about 6 months for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] to process the application and issue the Certificate of Eligibility. When the Certificate of Eligibility is received, the remaining legal fees are due.
You can pay this in one payment or multiple payments. Once it is paid in full we will file the petition with the court to complete the process. The Certificate of Eligibility is valid for one year. It takes about 45-60 days to complete after the petition is filed.
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. This is important for people that are:
- Seeking employment with an Entitled Entity.
- Not United States Citizens.
Costs/Expenses That Must Be Paid
Expungement 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
The first thing that you will receive is a seal or expunge packet. This currently includes the three documents you need to be notarized and a fingerprint card. The fingerprint card needs to be taken to a law enforcement agency and you need to be fingerprinted.
You must pay for the notarization and fingerprint costs. If you are local (Orlando area) we can do the notarizations for you for free and lower the overall expungement cost.
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 the court requires a hearing there may be a travel fee. The travel fee is a separate fee that I only charge if a hearing is required. No hearing, no fee.
Make Sure You Qualify Before Paying for Expungement Cost
Before spending any money on the expungement cost, we need to make sure you qualify to have your record sealed or expunged. It is to your benefit to know whether you qualify before you spend time and money on trying to seal or expunge your record.
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.
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