desoto county record expungements

DeSoto County: Arcadia Expungements

Removing the Past
for a Better Tomorrow.

If you have been arrested in Arcadia or have an arrest record in DeSoto County, Florida, you must petition the court within the county for a criminal arrest record expungement or sealing. This is the first and most important step to removing that black mark from your past.

⚖ Arcadia Record Expungement Attorney

I have personally represented people seeking record expungements and sealing in Arcadia and all of DeSoto County since 2002. I will help you get this done with only minimal effort on your part. Find out if your DeSoto County arrest record qualifies to be sealed or expunged.

So long as everything is in proper order (and I will make sure you qualify before you hire me), expungements and sealings are typically granted in Arcadia.

When I represent you for your record expungement or sealing, I will try to make it as easy for you as possible. I will do the following:

  • Prepare all documentation
  • Obtain all necessary records to expunge record
  • Submit necessary application and documents
  • Answer all questions from FDLE (if any)
  • Prepare the petition, affidavits, and orders to expunge record
  • Serve all necessary parties
  • File the petition and necessary documentation to expunge record
  • Answer all objections from SAO (if any)
  • Represent you in court

All you have to do is:

  • Notarize three documents, and
  • obtain your fingerprints.

The cost for this service comprises the legal fee, the costs to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and to the Clerk of Court. You can find a breakdown of all the expungement fees and costs on my website.

Benefits of an Expunged or Sealed Record in DeSoto County

Florida law provides you with many benefits when you seal or expunge your criminal record. A criminal arrest record expungement or sealing destroys/removes official government records referring to your arrest from the public record. The public will no longer have access to your arrest information from online government sources, such as the Clerk of Court or Law Enforcement Agencies.

Additionally, private companies that sell public information will purge this information from their databases once they realize it is no longer a public record. This can be facilitated through notification or simply the passing of time.

You will have the legal ability to deny the arrest occurred. There are a few exceptions to this but this ability is one of the most powerful. Backing this up with a certified letter from the Clerk of Court indicating that no record exists is all that you should need.

Learn more specific information about ⚖ Florida Record Expungement.

DeSoto County Government Offices

Government offices in DeSoto County, Florida, that maintain arrest record data and would be required to seal or destroy their records upon the granting of an expungement.

Clerk of the Circuit Court
115 East Oak St, Rm 101
Arcadia, FL 34266
State Attorney’s Office
115 East Oak St, 3rd Floor
Arcadia, FL 34266

DeSoto County Local Law Enforcement Agencies

DeSoto County Law Enforcement Agencies that keep arrest record information. All Sheriff’s Offices maintain arrest data from all county arrests including their own. All of these agencies would be required to destroy or make confidential arrest records that have been expunged or sealed.

DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office
208 E Cypress St
Arcadia, FL 34266
Arcadia Police Dept
17 N Polk Ave
Arcadia, FL 34266

If a Hearing is Required

If, for any reason, a hearing is necessary, I encourage you to attend if you are within driving distance of the courthouse. If you are not, I will discuss all the options we have well before the hearing date.

Parking at the DeSoto County Courthouse

Should there ever be a need to attend your expungement hearing, parking is not a problem. Parking is free and plentiful. There is a designated parking lot for the Courthouse and plenty of parking along the streets.

DeSoto County Court Variables
  • Legal Fee: See our Legal Fees and Costs page
  • Court Cost/Filing Fee: $75 (estimate)
  • Time to Complete: Currently 5-8 months.
  • Hearings: Rare
  • In-Person Hearing Fee: $500

For More Information About Our Representation

Please submit your information below. We will email you about our record expungement and sealing representation. You can also go to our ⚖ Florida Expungement webpage for more details.

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We will not place you on a mailing list.
We will not share your information with anyone.

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