I have been practicing criminal law since 1995. I began working with record expungements and sealings in 1996, when I was with the State Attorney’s Office in Orange County, Florida. I was told to oppose all of them. Then, one day a judge asked me why I always opposed them. I had no good explanation. I went back to my office and have been studying the law on expungements to this very day.
Statewide Legal Representation
I have provided legal representation for people who want their past criminal record sealed or expunged for over 20 years. I have, and continue to, represent people in all 67 counties in the State of Florida.
Whether You Live Here, Just Visited, or Moved Away
Whether you still live in Florida, moved out-of-state, or were just visiting, a qualifying arrest can be expunged or sealed. Adult, juvenile, man, woman, specified felony or misdemeanor – it doesn’t matter. I have done these for people who where still living in Florida, who had moved to another State, or who moved or lived outside of the United States.
What I 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.
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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
You may have a criminal record if you have ever:
- been arrested (or received a Notice to Appear).
- gone to court and had all criminal charges against you dropped.
- been accused of a crime but nothing came of it.
- been found guilty and had the Adjudication of Guilt “Withheld.”
A criminal record is:
- Can keep you from living where you want to live,
- Can keep you from getting the job where you want to work, and
- Can keep you from obtaining your opportunities in life.
Making Your Criminal Record a Non-Public Record
Expunging a criminal record is a legal process that the law provides so people can move on with their lives. Under Florida law, criminal records are public records until expunged or sealed. Even if your case is dropped that record remains for people to see. As a Florida Expungement Lawyer for the past 20+ years, I can’t emphasize any more how important making your record “non-public” really is.
We Provide Statewide Representation
I have represented people in just about every county of Florida. Each County has its unique quirks and procedures regarding the expungement process. I keep track of the nuances between each County and Circuit. Not all Florida expungement lawyers do this.
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 it off the internet and give you the benefits found within the statutes.
After Your Criminal Record Is Expunged
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. You also must understand that I do not offer representation for dealing with companies or outside agencies. I do include information regarding that on the page (link) I referenced in this paragraph.
There are other options available that you can use to address the problems with your criminal record. Not all issues have to be addressed by expungement and not all are eligible. As a Florida Expungement Lawyer, I have helped people achieve their goals in alternative ways when eligibility issues arose.
You Can Correct Your Record
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.
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 who have gone to court.
For More Information
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We will not share your information with anyone.
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.
Lawyer stuff. Florida statutes, administrative code, and case law regarding the expunging and sealing of criminal records.