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What is sealing or expungement of a criminal record in Florida?

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Under Florida law there are certain crimes that upon being found guilty or pleading guilty or no contest to that particular offense are eligible to be sealed. A sealing has to be a petition filed before the court whereby the court will order the actual criminal records sealed. The State Attorney’s office and the Clerk’s office, law enforcement that did the arrest, those records would be sealed and would only be accessible by a court order. An expungement has different things that allow you to qualify for an expungement, but an expungement is when the judge enters an order upon a petition that actually allows those records to be destroyed.

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