What is the difference between having a criminal history record sealed vs. expunged?

In Florida, getting a criminal history record sealed means the public will no longer be able to access it. Certain governmental and related entites, including those listed in Florida Statutes, section 943.059(4)(a), will still have access to sealed records in their entirety, but anyone else who tries to search public records will be unsuccessful.

On the other hand, when a record is expunged in Florida, those same entities that would have access to the sealed criminal record information will no longer have access to the information and will instead receive a warning that says "Criminal Information has been Expunged from this Record". Those entities will now have to obtain a court order if they want to see anything. You can find out your best option with our qualification form

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