Do I have to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to have my juvenile criminal history record sealed or expunged?
To get a juvenile criminal history record sealed or expunged, it is important to know a few things. First, before October 1, 1994, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) did not maintain any juvenile criminal history records. Any juvenile arrest made for a felony before October 1, 1994 or for a misdemeanor before July 1, 1996 is already unavailable to the general public, unless the juvenile was tried as an adult. For any other criminal history records, certain qualifications spelled out in Florida Statutes, section 943.0515 will mean the records will be automatically expunged. For those juvenile defendants who complete a diversion program that meets the qualifications of Florida Statutes, section 943.0582, they may qualify for sealing or expunging their record. To find out if you qualify, the requirements are outlined in Florida Stateutes, sections 943.059 and 943.0585. They are similar to the requirements for adults.