Ocala / Marion County Sealing & Expunction of Records Attorney
In Florida, adult criminal histories are considered to be of public and may be viewed by anyone unless the record has been sealed or expunged (also called expunction). A sealed record is placed under highly restricted access, while an expunged record is removed from the record system or destroyed. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is the agency that deals with this process.
As an experienced Ocala criminal defense attorney Carrie Proctor has assisted numerous client’s in the sealing/expunction process. Contact her today to discuss your case to determine if one of the below listed options are right for you.
Options for the sealing or expungement of your criminal record:
Administrative Expungement – An arrest made contrary to law or by mistake may be expunged by applying FDLE in one of the ways provided in statute or rule.
Court-Ordered Sealing or Expungement – A person may apply to FDLE for a certificate of Eligibility to Seal or Expunge his or her criminal history record. FDLE determines if the applicant is statutorily eligible to petition the court to have his or her Florida criminal history sealed or expunged.
Juvenile Diversion Expungement – A person who has completed an authorized juvenile prearrest or postarrest diversion program for a non-violent misdemeanor not involving domestic violence, may apply for a juvenile diversion expungement.
Lawful Self-Defense Expungement – A subject may apply for a Lawful Self-Defense Certificate of Eligibility if the appropriate state attorney or statewide prosecutor certifies that the subject acted in lawful self-defense pursuant to the provisions related to the justifiable use of force.
Human Trafficking Expungement – A person who is a victim of human trafficking may petition for the expungement of a criminal history record resulting from the arrest of filing charges for an offense committed or reported to have been committed as a part of a human trafficking scheme of which he or she was a victim.
Automatic Juvenile Expungement – Th criminal history of a minor maintained by FDLE automatically be expunged at the age of twenty-one (21), or (if the minor was committed to a juvenile correctional facility or juvenile prison) age twenty-six (26), provided certain conditions are satisfied.
Early Juvenile Expungement – Persons between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-one (21) may, under certain conditions, apply to have their juvenile criminal history record expunged by FDLE. A person may apply to the appropriate prosecuting attorney to approve the expungement of his or her FDLE juvenile criminal history record if the subject has not been charged with or found to have committed any criminal offense within the preceding five (5) years.