Recording Sealing And Expungement FAQ

A criminal record, even without a conviction, can affect your life years later. If your record is preventing you from getting a job, education or housing, you may want to explore your options for sealing or expunging your record.

Here are some common questions about circumstances in which you can seal or expunge the records relating to a past arrest. Contact Bodiford Law, P.A., to discuss whether your record is eligible for sealing or expungement.

I want to keep my record clean. How do I do that?

If you are a first-time offender, then it is possible to seal or expunge your record. Eligibility to seal or expunge your record depends on how your case is resolved.

What is the difference between sealing and expunging?

After successful completion of probation, the person can then have his or her case "sealed," which means that the actual court file is closed and sealed never to be opened without a court order. Expungement means "literally destroying the file and accompanying police reports." It is one step beyond sealing a record.

Will sealing or expungement take my picture off the jail website?

Yes. If your case is either sealed or expunged, then your photo will be taken down from public view.

Do I have to disclose a sealed or expunged arrest to a prospective employer?

No. After a criminal record is sealed or expunged, the accused of that crime may lawfully deny the arrest, except for a few specific exceptions.

Get A Free Consultation To Discuss Your Options

Learn about your options for sealing or expunging a criminal record at a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call Bodiford Law, P.A., at 850-222-4529 (for existing clients) and 850-583-7381 (for new clients) or send us a message to schedule an appointment.