Record Sealing & Expungement


Record Expungement or Sealing Requires Special Circumstances — Dale Carson Law can Help You Determine if You’re Eligible

Criminal record expungement or sealing will keep your criminal record from public eyes, including most employers, so it no longer impacts your life—especially your ability to get a job. Not all cases are eligible for expunging or sealing of the record. A lawyer in Florida can help you expunge or seal your criminal record only under specific circumstances.

In Florida, criminal defense attorneys at Dale Carson Law can help you determine whether your criminal record is eligible for expungement or sealing. Contact a record expungement expert at Dale Carson Law today: 904-355-6777.

Record Expungement and Record Sealing Explained

Expunging records and sealing records have very similar results in how they impact your life. In both cases a criminal record becomes invisible to the general public, including most potential employers, and will not be revealed by a public records search. The major difference is in their requirements and the access that law enforcement officials have to your records.


If your criminal record is expunged, all copies of your record are physically destroyed, except for one copy that is held permanently by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Local law enforcement agencies will not have access to an expunged record in most cases. Criminal or arrest records are only eligible for expungement if the charges on record were dismissed and you have never been adjudicated guilty of any other crime.


Sealing a record means it is concealed from public view; it cannot be reported in a public records search or be made available to anyone other than law enforcement and certain other government agencies. However, law enforcement officers still have access to sealed records. To qualify for record sealing in Florida, you must have pleaded ‘guilty’ or ‘no contest,’ and had your adjudication of guilty withheld by the judge. You must also have never been adjudicated guilty of any other crime.

Receive a Free Consultation about Record Expungement or Sealing with an Attorney at Dale Carson Law

Getting criminal records sealed or expunged so they no longer impact your life is no easy process, and it usually requires the expertise of a lawyer in order to prevail. In Florida, criminal defense attorneys from Dale Carson Law are available to speak with you about expunging or sealing your record. A lawyer in Florida can help you establish your argument for expunging or sealing your criminal record if the required circumstances apply to you. Your initial consultation is absolutely free — there’s no cost or obligation. To schedule a free consultation regarding expungement or sealing to our Complimentary Consults page.

Or call Dale Carson Law today at 904-355-6777. 

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