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How To Seal and Expunge This Data

The arrest and court records presented on this website are gathered from free electronic public sources. Primarily Florida county government websites, such as sheriff's offices and county clerk's offices.

The information is considered to be public records and therefore is freely available for copying and dissemination. Even if the charges were dropped, if a person was arrested and fingerprinted, then the record of the arrest is still a public record. 

In addition to this site, there are several websites and services that collect and display these records, including ChoicePoint, Accurint, Lexis Nexis, Westlaw and Intelius, to name a few.

In many cases, these public records can be sealed, or expunged so that they are no longer available for copying by 3rd parties. Depending on your situation, you may be able to have your criminal history sealed or expunged. The best way to do this is to contact a lawyer who specializes in this area of law.

The ability to have your records sealed or expunged will depend upon the adjudication of the charges and the types of charges. The first step is to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). A Certificate of Eligibility may be issued if you were NOT charged with one of the following charges:

Arson; Aggravated Assault; Aggravated Battery; Illegal Use of Explosives; Child Abuse or Aggravated Child Abuse; Abuse of an Elderly Person or Disabled Person; Aircraft Piracy; Kidnapping; Homicide; Manslaughter; Sexual Battery; Robbery; Carjacking; Lewd, Lascivious or Indecent Assault or Act Upon or In the Presence of a Child Under the Age of 16; Sexual Activity with a Child Who is 12 years of age or older, but less than 18 years of age; Burglary of a Dwelling; Stalking and Aggravated Stalking; Act of Domestic Violence as defined in 741.28 F.S.; Home Invasion Robbery; Act of Terrorism as defined in 775.30 F.S.; Manufacturing any Substances in Violation of Chapter 893; and Attempting or Conspiring to Commit any of the Above Crimes.

If you were not charged with one of the above offenses, but were adjudicated guilty of a different offense, then a certificate of eligibility cannot be issued. If you were not found guilty, and if you have completed all court ordered supervision and if you have not had any previous record sealed or expunged, then a Certificate of Eligibility may be issued.

However, even if a Certificate of Eligibility is issued, that does not mean that your records will be sealed or expunged, it merely means that you are eligible. For more information and guidance regarding your unique situation, contact an attorney that works with Florida records sealing and expungement.