There are circumstances in which you can seal and/or expunge the records relating to a past arrest.
by Criminal Defense Attorney Joe Bodiford, Tallahassee
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/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 a 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.