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Florida Expungement Lawyer

Since 2002, I’ve helped thousands of people expunge or seal their criminal arrest record throughout the State of Florida. In 2018, I wrote a book on how people can expunge their record without a lawyer. I am dedicated to helping people in this area of the law. I have included links to many webpages containing information about Florida law below. My entire goal is to give people a second chance at life without a criminal record following them for the rest of their lives.

Providing Statewide legal representation for criminal arrest record expungements and sealings in all 67 counties since 2002.

All 67 Florida Counties

I represent people in all Florida Counties. Each County has its unique quirks and procedures regarding the expungement process. I keep track of the nuances between each County and Circuit, contact info, local rules, etc. so that the process for you is as smooth and cost effective as possible. Not all Florida expungement lawyers do this.

What My Representation Will Do For You:

  • Check if you qualify for free*.
  • Prepare all paperwork.
  • Represent you before The Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • Represent you before the State Attorney’s Office.
  • Represent you before the Court.
  • File all paperwork.
  • Answer all of your questions.

*You may be required to obtain a Florida criminal history through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] which costs $24 – this is recommended.

Whether You Live Here, Just Visited, or Moved Away

If you still live in Florida or moved out-of-state, or were just visiting, I can help you expunge your arrest. Adult, juvenile, man, woman, (certain) felonies or misdemeanors – it doesn’t matter. I have done these for people who live in my same neighborhood and for people in other countries.

Benefits of an Expunged Record

The benefits of a criminal arrest record expunged or sealed are numerous. It is the only legal method to get your arrest record off the internet and give you the legal benefits found in the law.

Getting Your Expungement Started

Getting your Florida record expungement or sealing started cannot be easier! Just follow the steps below.

Time needed: 5 minutes.

To get started, follow this guide or simply submit your information in the form below.

  1. Do you qualify?

    Qualifying used to be easy to figure out. Today, after the new law came into effect on October 1, 2019, figuring it out may be a little more complicated. The good news is that more people will qualify! You can go to our Expungement Qualification Page or let us figure it out for you (see #5 below).

  2. Can you “expunge” or “seal” your record?

    Florida has two methods of erasing your record. You either qualify to have your record expunged or sealed. Both will give you many protections. You can learn more about this on our Differences Page, or you can let us figure it out (see #5 below).

  3. How Much Does It Cost?

    The are required costs outside of a legal fee for the work of an attorney. These include the cost for documents, the FDLE fee, and the court costs/filing fee. Go to our Expungement Fees and Costs page to find out exactly how much these costs are. As of January 1, 2022, all the costs will be included in the legal fee.

  4. How long does an expungement or sealing take?

    The amount of time varies due to many reasons. Typically, it takes between 8 and 12 months but can be longer. I have written about these variables on my blog post about the time it takes to expunge a record. Since early 2020, FDLE has dramatically reduced their turnaround time. Some expungements have gotten completed in as little as 6 months.

  5. Send us your information through our contact form below and we can figure all this out for you.

    Just scroll down to our contact form below and send us your name and email address (include your cell number if you don’t mind us texting you) and we will send you information about our services. We do the rest!

When you send us your information we do not put you on any mailing lists or share your information with anyone. See our privacy policy for more information.

What Does an Expungement Cost

The cost will involve the payment to the lawyer, the costs for things such as certified copies of the case file, FDLE Fee, Clerk and Court costs. Most of these costs are included in the total fee. I also have a discounted fee that you can use to reduce the total costs. These I have detailed it on my Florida Expungement Costs page.

After Your Criminal Record Is Expunged

VERY IMPORTANT: To take full advantage of the law’s protections, you still have a few things to do after your record has been sealed or expunged. Please take the time to read this page because it helps you take advantage of the law once your record has been expunged or sealed.

Other Options

There are other options available that you can use to address problems with your criminal record. Not all issues have to be addressed by expungement. As a Florida Expungement Lawyer, I have helped people achieve their goals in alternative ways when eligibility issues arose.

Correcting Your Record

You may just need to correct your criminal record. Wrong information posted or missing information has devastating effects. See also, FDLE’s website (you may not need a lawyer).

Juvenile Expungements

Juvenile arrest on your child’s criminal history? Will it affect his or her journey to adulthood, college, employment? Find out if a juvenile record expungement is something you should consider.

Administrative Expungements

Arrested by mistake? Sometimes people get arrested because their name is similar to someone else’s. Understand how a mistaken arrest can be administratively expunged. This is not for people whose case has gone to court.

Civil Injunction Sealing

It may be possible to have a civil injunction “sealed” by the court (only the court) so that it cannot seen on Clerk Websites or that your name is reduced to initials on those Clerk of Court records. It is a process through Rule of Judicial Administration 2.240. It is not a guaranteed process and it can be denied.

Requirements for my consideration to represent you are:

  • The injunction for protection must have been denied or dismissed.
  • My fee is all upfront and is dependent on the County where this occurred.
  • No refunds once the fee is paid.

For More Information

Please submit your information below. We will email you information about our record expungement and sealing representation.

We will not harass you with calls, emails, or texts.
We will not place you on a mailing list.
We will not share your information with anyone.

We will add you to our contacts so we know who you are when we communicate in the future. For more information, see our privacy policy.

Additional Information Regarding Arrest Records

Check out our blog posts. Most concern expungements and sealings. Some of the topics we have posted about include teaching with a record, level 1 and level 2 background checks, the history of the law, and more. You can search for specific keywords in the search function at the top of the page.

⚖ Legal References

Lawyer stuff. Florida statutes, administrative code, and case law regarding the expunging and sealing of criminal records.

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