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Why Was a Fire Fighter’s Request to Seal His Record Denied?

In the case of Jorge Gonzalez versus the State of Florida, Mr. Gonzalez, a Miami fire fighter, was arrested after he bought some cocaine.  He later pled no contest to the charge.  The judge who accepted his plea told him to return to court in six weeks in order to ask to have his criminal […]

Can a Judge Refuse to Seal Your Record in Palm Beach County Florida Without Giving a Valid Reason?

In the case of Gerald Kenneth Cole versus the State of Florida, Mr. Cole was charged with committing the crime of lewd or lascivious molestation.  He went to trial, and a jury found him not guilty. Following the jury’s decision, Cole filed a petition with the court asking to have his record sealed.  The presiding […]

What Major Changes Have Occurred in Florida’s Clemency Law?

Clemency has been defined as “the forgiveness of a crime or the cancellation (in whole or in part) of the penalty associated with it.” Florida attorney Reginald Garcia has written an article entitled “Florida Executive Clemency:  Seeking Mercy and Justice for Convicted Felons.”  In this article, Mr. Garcia discusses changes in Florida’s clemency law that […]

How is a Judge’s Discretion to Deny Your Petition to Expunge Your Criminal Record Limited?

Florida law provides that “any request for expunction of a criminal history record may be denied at the sole discretion of the court.”  However, that discretion is limited.  For example, in the case of Kim Wells versus the State of Florida, Ms. Wells filed a petition with the court asking that her criminal record be […]

Does Being Adjudicated Guilty Mean That You Cannot Get Your Record Expunged?

In the case of Julie Matthews versus the State of Florida, Ms. Matthews appealed a judge’s decision to not expunge her criminal-history record for grand theft of an automobile based upon the following facts: “During the evening of March 8, 1995, . . . Julie Matthews was with a group of friends at a restaurant. […]

Your Right to Seal Your Record Versus the Public’s Right to Know

In the case of S.L.P. versus the State of Florida, an individual (with the initials “S.L.P.”) asked a judge to seal her criminal record.  The judge denied her request on the ground that the public’s interest in having access to S.L.P.’s criminal-history record outweighed S.L.P.’s interest in sealing her record. S.L.P. appealed the judge’s decision […]

Do You Have the Right to Have Your Criminal Record Expunged?

In the case of Scott Baker versus the State of Florida, a judge denied Mr. Baker’s petition to expunge his criminal-history record even though the prosecutor’s office had previously decided to not file any charges in his case.  The judge did so because Mr. Baker worked at a car wash where he had contact with […]

Can a Judge Refuse to Expunge a Criminal Record Without First Hearing Evidence?

In the case of VFD versus the State of Florida, the issue was whether a judge correctly denied VFD’s (these are the person’s initials) petition to expunge his criminal record without first hearing evidence and then stating specific reasons for denying the motion. The relevant facts in this case are that VFD filed a petition […]

How Many Criminal-History Records Can You Have Sealed?

In the case of Cline v. State of Florida, the issue was whether Mr. Cline could have two different criminal-history records sealed. The facts in the Cline case are as follows: In June of 2005, Mr. Cline was arrested for the crime of possession of cocaine. He later pled guilty to that crime and adjudication of […]

Is Sealed or Expunged Information Ever Released as Part of a Background Check?

I am sometimes asked whether the information contained in a criminal-history record that has been sealed or expunged is ever released to anyone.  The answer is that insofar as a sealed record is concerned, Florida law states that information relating to the existence of a sealed criminal record is confidential except that the Florida Department […]

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If you have previously been convicted of a felony, misdemeanour or violation of a criminal ordinance, you cannot have your Florida Criminal Record expunged.

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If you have previously had a criminal record expunged, you cannot have your Florida criminal record expunged.

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If you are currently under house arrest or probation, or another form of Court supervision, you cannot have your Florida criminal record expunged at this time.

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