What is expungement in Florida?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

Expungement in Florida means that a criminal arrest history has been expunged or it’s been kept from public record. There are certain exceptions and exemptions to the statute governing expungements in terms of who may still be able to know about your criminal arrest history, even if you’ve had it expunged. The main purpose of having your record expunged is to be able to minimize the public’s access to your criminal arrest history, but also to allow you to be able to answer applications for jobs, housing, et cetera, and to be able to say in qualifying situations that you were never arrested. It’s important that you speak with a lawyer before deciding whether or not you should pursue an expungement of your criminal arrest history.