Why do I have a record if my charges were dropped?

Florida Statutes, section 943.053(3) is the Florida law, passed by the Florida State Legislature, that gives access to the public to criminal history records. The Florida State Legislature is the government body that sets this law. In the state law, the term "criminal history information" is defined in Florida Statutes, section 943.053(4), and it uses the federal definition. Under the law, a criminal history record is created as soon as a person is arrested and fingerprinted. The criminal history record includes the final result of the charges associated with the arrest, including whether the disposition is a conviction, acquittal, dismissal or charges before trial, or other disposition. You can search public records to find out if you have a criminal record history, and if you do, you can see if you qualify to seal or expunge it so no one has access to it anymore.

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