How Many Criminal Records Can I Seal in Florida?

Florida Criminal Background

How many times can you seal a record? “Uno”

Would you like to erase your criminal record?  Do you want to clear a Florida criminal background check?  If so, you should expunge or seal your FL record.  In order to expunge or seal your FL record, you must be eligible under Chapter 943 of the Florida Statutes.  Section 943.0585 applies to expunging a criminal record.  Section 943.059 is used for sealing your record.  Florida Statute Section 943.059 only lets you seal one arrest record.  This FL record sealing law states:

“The court may only order sealing of a criminal history record pertaining to one arrest or one incident of alleged criminal activity, except as provided in this section. The court may, at its sole discretion, order the sealing of a criminal history record pertaining to more than one arrest if the additional arrests directly relate to the original arrest. If the court intends to order the sealing of records pertaining to such additional arrests, such intent must be specified in the order. A criminal justice agency may not seal any record pertaining to such additional arrests if the order to seal does not articulate the intention of the court to seal records pertaining to more than one arrest. This section does not prevent the court from ordering the sealing of only a portion of a criminal history record pertaining to one arrest or one incident of alleged criminal activity. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a criminal justice agency may comply with laws, court orders, and official requests of other jurisdictions relating to sealing, correction, or confidential handling of criminal history records or information derived therefrom. This section does not confer any right to the sealing of any criminal history record, and any request for sealing a criminal history record may be denied at the sole discretion of the court.”

In general, you can only seal one arrest.  This does not mean that you can only seal one crime.  Here is an example.  You were arrested for writing 10 different worthless checks in Jacksonville FL.  You want to seal the record that shows that you wrote bad checks.  If you were arrested for all of them at one time, you may be able to do this.  This is true even if you wrote the checks on different days.  Here is another scenario.  You were charged with Jacksonville grand theft and dealing in stolen property.  You were arrested for both Jacksonville theft crimes at the same time.  If you are eligible for a Florida record seal, you will be able to seal both crimes.  Let’s try an example with crimes that occurred at the same time.  You were arrested for Jacksonville possession of cocaine, because drugs were found in your car.  When the police searched you, they found marijuana and a pipe.  They charged you with Jacksonville possession of cannabis and misdemeanor Florida drug paraphernalia.  If you are eligible to seal your record, you can seal all three Jacksonville drug charges.

There is an exception to the rule for Jacksonville juvenile criminal cases.   You may read Expunge a Jacksonville Florida Juvenile Delinquent Record for more information on expunging a Jacksonville juvenile delinquent record.  Read “How Many Times Can I Expunge a Florida Criminal Record?” to learn about record expunctions.

If you would like to fix your criminal background, contact a Jacksonville lawyer with years of experience sealing and expunging records.  You can seal your record in Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns, and other counties in Florida.  Call 20 Miles Law at 904-564-2525 to speak with a Jacksonville attorney.

About Cynthia, 20 Miles Law

Cynthia Veintemillas

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Cynthia Veintemillas is an experienced Florida attorney. She began her legal career at the public defender’s office in Jacksonville, Florida. Her primary practice fields include criminal defense, litigation, and family law. She has also represented many people facing foreclosure in Duval County, Clay County, and St. Johns County, Florida.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2006
  • South Carolina, 2007
  • Middle District of Florida, 2009

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Florida Bar 
Member Since: 2006
  • South Carolina 
Member Since: 2007
  • Jacksonville Bar 
Member Since: 2008
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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