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What are the benefits of sealing a criminal history record?

 

  • Increase chances of obtaining employment by cleaning your record.
  • Reduce the risk of being denied a housing or lease application by cleaning your record.
  • Get more favorable loans/financing terms by showing you have a clean criminal history record.
  • Reduce risk of losing out on scholarship awards and applications by having a clean criminal history record.
  • Be confident that no internet search or background check company will damage your reputation by having a clean criminal history record.
  • Record-sealing orders issued by the court require that the relevant offices of the state attorney, the arresting law enforcement agency and the sheriff’s office make the record confidential and prohibit them from disseminating the records to anyone absent a court order.
  • The court’s order to seal the criminal history record also requires the destruction of digitally stored information.
    • Biometric information used to identify individuals such as DNA or fingerprints are, however, excluded from this destruction.
  • Sealing a criminal history record changes the legal status of the record from being designated as a public record pursuant to Florida Statutes, Chapter 119 and accessible to both the various government agencies and the general public, to being designated as a nonpublic record and hence inaccessible by the government or the general public absent a court order.
  • Nonpublic-records are afforded privacy law protections which restrict internet background-check companies from being able to lawfully sell/publish the sealed criminal history records.
  • Sealed criminal history records allow a person to lawfully deny the sealed arrest ever occurred, with certain exceptions. (See our Lawfully denying arrests page for more details).
  • Live worry free that your past may ruin your future! You will be legally criminal record free!!!