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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed or expunged in Florida. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice. Read the legal policies and statutes for detailed statutory information. Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview Some juvenile records can be sealed.  

  • If you were never charged or if your charges were dismissed (you were not adjudicated or found guilty), your record can be sealed at any time. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  Some juvenile records can be expunged.  
  • If your case was dismissed (you were not adjudicated or found guilty), your record can be expunged at any time. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
 
  • If you were classified as a serious or habitual juvenile offender or committed to a juvenile correctional facility, your criminal history record should be automatically expunged when you turn 26. You should not have to do anything to get your record expunged.
 
  • Your law enforcement record should be automatically expunged when you turn 21. You should not have to do anything to get your record expunged. You can submit a request to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to have your record expunged before you are 21, but it is up to the Department whether or not to grant your request.
 
  • If your record is because you were a victim of human trafficking, your record can be expunged at any time. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  You may not be eligible for sealing or expungement if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record.   Find a Lawyer If you think you might be eligible to have your record sealed or expunged, find a lawyer who may be able to help you. Some lawyers might help you for free, although you may still need to pay a fee to file the paperwork in court.   Court Forms and Resources If you cannot find a lawyer to help you, you may be able to file a petition on your own using these court forms and resources.

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Records relating to offenses committed or reported when the person was a victim of human trafficking can be expunged by the court. Fla. Stat. § 943.0583.

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Records relating to a case dismissed after the successful completion of pretrial substance abuse education and treatment intervention program pursuant to section 948.08(6) for a nonviolent felony can be expunged by the court. Fla. Stat. § 948.08(6).

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Records relating to a case dismissed after successful completion of a pretrial veterans' treatment intervention program pursuant to section 948.08(7) for a felony offense can be expunged by the court. Fla. Stat. § 948.08(7).

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Records relating to a case dismissed after successful completion of a misdemeanor pretrial substance abuse education and treatment intervention program pursuant to section 948.16(1) can be expunged by the court. Fla. Stat. § 948.16(1).

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Records relating to a case dismissed after the successful completion of a misdemeanor pretrial veterans' treatment intervention program pursuant to section 948.16(2) can be expunged by the court. Fla. Stat. § 948.16(2).

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Non-judicial records of an arrest made contrary to law or by mistake will be administratively expunged by the Department of Law Enforcement upon application. Fla. Stat. § 943.058111C-7.008, F.A.C.

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Records relating to a single arrest—or more than one arrest, if the additional arrests directly relate to the original arrest—not resulting in conviction can be expunged by the court, so long as the person meets the specific criteria and submits a valid certificate of eligibility for expungement. Fla. Stat. § 943.0585.

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Records of a case that did not end with a conviction can be expunged by the court 10 years after a court order sealed the record. Fla. Stat. § 943.0585(2)(h).

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Records relating to a single arrest—or more than one arrest, if the additional arrests directly relate to the original arrest—not resulting in conviction can be sealed by the court, so long as the person meets the specific criteria and submits a valid certificate of eligibility for sealing. Fla. Stat. § 943.059.

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Records of arrest or charges for offenses committed or reported when the person was a victim of human trafficking can be expunged by the court. Fla. Stat. § 943.0583.

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Records relating to charges that were dismissed can be sealed upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.059.

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Records relating to an arrest or filing of charges for an offense committed while the person was a victim of human trafficking can be expunged upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.0583.

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Records relating to dismissed charges can be expunged upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.0585.

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Records relating to charges dismissed because the person acted in lawful self-defense can be expunged upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.0585(5).

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A criminal history record relating to arrests or law enforcement interaction for alleged offenses for which charges were not filed may be sealed upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.059.  

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The criminal history record relating to an arrest or other law enforcement interaction for which charges were not filed may be expunged upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.0585.  

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The criminal history record relating to charges not filed because the person acted in lawful self-defense can be expunged upon petition, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.0585(5).

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A record relating to a minor who has successfully completed a diversion program can be expunged upon application to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.0582(1).

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A criminal history record of a minor can be expunged upon application to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement before the minor reaches 21 years of age. Fla. Stat. § 943.0515(1)(b)(2).

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A record of a minor classified as a serious or habitual juvenile offender or committed to a juvenile correctional facility or juvenile prison will be automatically expunged when the person reaches 26 years of age, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.0515(1)(a).

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A criminal history record of a minor will be automatically expunged when the person reaches 21 years of age, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Fla. Stat. § 943.0515(1)(a).

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A record of an arrest of a minor made contrary to law or by mistake can be expunged upon application to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Fla. Stat. § 943.0581, 11C-7.008(1), F.A.C.

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