Who is record sealing for?
Record sealing is for individuals who were charged with a crime, but never
adjudicated guilty. This means either their charges were dropped or case
was dismissed. Even when an individual's charges are dropped, their
criminal record is still public unless it is sealed.
Is there a difference between sealing and expunging your record?
The criteria and guidelines for sealing and different for expunging. §
943.0585 of the Florida Statutes lays out the rules for court-ordered
expunction while § 943.059 of the Florida Statutes describes court-ordered
sealing of criminal history records. The major different is that with
sealing, the public no longer has access to your criminal records, but
some governmental agencies still do. With expungement, even these governmental
agencies would not have open access to your criminal record.
Can I get my records sealed more than once?
No. One of the requirements for obtaining a record sealing or expungement
is that you have never previously obtained an expungement / sealing. You
may be able to get multiple arrest records, but only if the court determines
that those arrest records are directly related.