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Records, Seals & Expungements


A criminal arrest record, even if you are never charged by the prosecutor, can ruin your life. You may become ineligible for certain jobs, financial aid, professional licenses or housing. Unless you take action, it will not go away. However, you do have options. Florida law allows you to seal or expunge your criminal arrest record under certain circumstances, allowing you to respond honestly to questions asked by potential employers, landlords and educational institutions.

At our DeLand, Florida, law firm, Philpott Law, our lawyers have backgrounds as a former prosecutor and public defender. We know the local criminal justice system thoroughly and have helped many clients seeking to expunge or seal their criminal records. When we meet with clients seeking to protect their futures in this way, we explain to them that sealing or expunging is available to them when:

  • The charges were never filed or were dismissed.
  • Charges were dropped because the case never went to trial because of a pretrial diversion.
  • The conviction was withheld after a plea of guilty or no contest, or you were found guilty.
  • You were charged and found not guilty.

Your eligibility for sealing or expunging your criminal record depends on the circumstances of your case. Our lawyers can help you determine which will work in your situation.

Differences Between Sealing and Expunging

Sealing a criminal record means that the public, including potential employers, will not be able to see it. Some government officials may be able to access your record, but the number who can do so is limited. Expunging a criminal record means that the record is essentially erased and available only to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Taking steps to seal or expunge your record is one of the best steps you can take for your future. Our lawyers can help you through the process.

We welcome prospective clients and invite them to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about sealing or expunging their records.