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What Is Criminal Record Sealing?

If you have a crime on your record, you know how this can have a negative effect on your life. If you have the opportunity to turn your life around by removing that bad mark on your record would you do it? Of course, you would.

Sealing your record means that access to your records is extremely restricted. Expungement of your record means that it is deleted from your file and erased permanently. Here are the different categories of reasons that you can apply to seal or expunge your criminal record through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FLDE).


Applying for a certificate of eligibility from the FLDE is required to pursue the sealing or expungement of your criminal history. FDLE evaluates your case and decides if you’re eligible to pursue sealing or expungement.

Lawful Self-Defense

If a state attorney or prosecutor determines that your use of force was valid due to lawful self-defense, you can apply for a Lawful Self-Defense Certificate of Eligibility. Any initial charges need to be dismissed or not filed.

Human Trafficking Victim

If you were charged with crimes while you were a victim of human trafficking, you could apply for the expungement of arrests and charges occurring during that time. For this type of expungement, you don’t need to apply for a certificate of eligibility to access this relief.


If your past arrest was a mistake or was not properly carried out in accordance with the law, you may be able to get it expunged.

Juvenile Expungements

If you completed any type of juvenile diversion program for a non-violent misdemeanor, you could qualify for an expungement of your record. To qualify to apply for early juvenile expungement, you must be 18 to 21 years old and not committed a crime in the previous five years.

Automatic expungement for juvenile crimes happens when you reach 21 years of age. If you were incarcerated in a juvenile facility, your record would be expunged when you become 26.

Since an application for criminal record sealing or expungement is a multi-step process that has to be done correctly to succeed, you want to make sure you get it right the first time. Try for the second chance you’ve been looking for. Consult a legal professional experienced in clearing criminal records.

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