Expungement is a court-ordered process where the legal record of an arrest or criminal conviction is "sealed" or erased. The availability and procedure of expungement varies according to the state or county in which the arrest and conviction occurred.
Are expunged records removed entirely?
Generally an expungement will still be an accessible part of a person's criminal record, and it is viewable by certain government agencies. For example, criminal courts may still access the record and immigration and deportation courts can view the record.
However, no record of an expunged arrest or conviction will appear if an employer, school, or company conducts a background check.
Eligibility for expungement
Florida law does allow qualifying individuals to seal or expunge their criminal arrest records. There are many factors which will determine if you're eligible for expungement. Here are some of the top factors:
It is important to note that not all states allow for expungement. For example, New York does not allow for the expungement of a criminal record at all.