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Manatee County: Bradenton Expungements

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Removing the Past
for a Better Tomorrow.

If you have been arrested in Bradenton or have a criminal record in Manatee County, Florida, you must petition the court within the county for a criminal arrest record expungement or sealing.

Attorney Eric J. Dirga has over 25 years experience with Florida expungements. Today he focuses his practice primarily on criminal arrest record expunging and sealing. He is dedicated to helping people get a second chance.

⚖ Bradenton Record Expungement Attorney

I have personally represented people seeking record expungements and sealings in Bradenton and Palmetto and all of Manatee County since 2002. Located just south of Tampa Bay, the Courts here often grant expungements without the need for a hearing.

Find out if your Manatee County arrest record qualifies to be sealed or expunged.

When I represent you for your record expungement or sealing, I will try and 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.

I try to make this entire process as simple for you as possible. I do all the work except for those things I cannot do, like get your fingerprints and notarize a few documents. Otherwise, you can sit back and relax. I email you updates and the next steps, so check your email is all I ask.

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.

The Benefits of an Expunged or Sealed Record in Manatee County

Florida law gives you many benefits when you have your arrest record expunged or sealed. 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.

Manatee County Government Offices

Government offices in Brevard County, Florida, that maintain arrest record data.

Clerk of the Circuit Court
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, Florida 34205
Office of the State Attorney
P.O. Box 1000
Bradenton, FL 34206

Local Law Enforcement Agencies in Manatee County

Manatee County Law Enforcement Agencies that keep arrest record information. All Sheriff’s Offices maintain arrest data from all county arrests including their own.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
600 US Hwy 301 Blvd W Ste 202
Bradenton, FL 34205
Bradenton Police Dept
100 10th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Bradenton Bch Police Dept
403 Highland Ave
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Holmes Bch Police Dept
5801 Marina Dr
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Palmetto Police Dept
1115 10th St W
Palmetto, FL 34221

If a Hearing is Required

I cannot remember when I last had a hearing in Manatee County for an expungement or a sealing. They are rare. However, if one is required I encourage you to attend it with me if you are within “driving distance” of the courthouse. If you are further away, I can attend without you and usually that works out just fine. Regardless, I will discuss all your options before the date of the hearing.

Manatee County Courthouse Location

Manatee County Court Variables
  • Legal Fee: See our Legal Fees and Costs page
  • $42.00 Filing Fee (with originals).
  • Order to Judge if no hearing
  • Time to Complete: Currently 7-10 months.
  • Hearing: Rare.
  • Hearing Fee: $500.00

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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