If you live in Florida and have an arrest listed on your criminal record, this can cause some serious problems in your life and ability to earn a living.
While there are intricacies that take place throughout the Florida Expungement process, the general steps which take place to have your record expunged in Florida include:
- Obtain Approval from State Attorney – The first step is that you must get the approval of the State Attorney on the Petitioner’s application for Certificate of Eligibility.
- Submit Application to Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) – Once you have obtained the approval of the State Attorney on the application for Certificate of Eligibility, it must be submitted to the FDLE with the Clerk of Courts so that the Judge may sign the certificate. Additional documents must also be submitted to the court.
- Submit Additional Court Filings – Once you have obtained your Certificate of Eligibility from the FDLE, it must be filed with the Clerk of Courts so that the Judge may sign the certificate
- Hearing on Petition to Expunge – If required, a hearing must be attended on the Petition to expunge your criminal record. It should be noted that a hearing is not required in all instances, and quite often depends on where you live and the nature of the offense that you are seeking to expunge.
- Notify Proper Agencies of Sealing – Once you have obtained the Order expunging the criminal history, you must notify all of the proper governmental agencies that have a record of the criminal history that the criminal record has in fact been expunged.
If you would like to have your record expunged, it is important that you speak to a Florida Expungement Lawyer that can assist you to make sure that your record is expunged the first time without any problems.
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