1. How many criminal history records can I expunge or seal in my lifetime?
In the State of Florida, a person can only expunge or seal only one criminal history record (i.e., arrest record) in their lifetime unless they are subject to any of the following exceptions, which would not prevent them from seeking another judicial expunction or sealing under Florida Record Expungement Statute – F.S. 943.0585 or Florida Record Sealing Statute – F.S. 943.059
EXCEPTION 1 – The subject seeking to expunge or seal a criminal history record meets the particular circumstances which involve automatic expungement by operation of law under Florida Statutes:
- Florida Juvenile Automatic Record Expungement Statute – F.S. 943.0515
- Florida Administrative Expunction of Non-Judicial Record – F.S. 943.0581
- Florida Juvenile Diversion Program & Expungement Statute – F.S. 943.0582
- Florida Human Trafficking Victim Expunction Statute – F.S. 943.0583
- Florida Record Expungement Statute – F.S. 943.0585
EXCEPTION 2 – The subject is seeking to expunge or seal more than one criminal history record in a single proceeding.
- This exception asks the court to determine whether or not the second arrest in question relates directly to the original arrest.