Florida Criminal Records
Search for state, county, and municipal criminal records in Florida.
Are criminal records public in Florida?
In Florida, all criminal records for legal adults are made public. This is because of the “Public Records Law”, which states that all records that a government entity possesses must be made available to the public. The only exceptions to this are when the criminal record is sealed or expunged, or the Florida Legislature exempts it. These records contain the history of charges, convictions, and arrests.
How do I obtain my criminal record in Florida?
Do I need a lawyer to expunge my record in Florida?
How long does expungement take in Florida?
- Getting a Certificate of Eligibility
- Acquiring a fingerprint cared
- Paying the FDLE
- Getting a copy of the final disposition
- Notice of Hearing
- Filing the petition to expunge
- Order to expunge
- Getting the certificate of eligibility
- The fee to the Clerk of the Circuit Court
- Petty theft
- Giving alcohol to a minor
- Disorderly Conduct
- Domestic Violence
- Driving with a suspended license
- Driving under the influence
- Grand Theft
- Child Abuse
- Resist of an officer
Can a sex offender get off the registry in Florida?
In Florida, getting off the sex offender registry can be very difficult. Florida has some of the most strict sex offender laws in the country. All sex offender registry information is public, and being registered is for life, unless a removal request is successful. Registration is also automatic if you plead guilty to certain crimes. You can be eligible to request removal for only a few scenarios. For these scenarios, it is highly recommended to get an attorney.
Younger sex offenders may be eligible for removal under these circumstances: if they were no more than 4 years older than the victim, the victim was between ages 13 and 17, the victim gave consent, and the conviction was for either Computer Pornography, Sexual Performance by a Child, Sexual Battery, or Lewd Conduct.
Removal from the registry can be requested if the conviction was overturned by the court. An appeal of the conviction or a motion for post-conviction relief can lead to the conviction being overturned.
Requesting removal from the sex offender registry is possible after 25 years. For this to happen, the entire sentence must have been completed, including probation. Additionally, certain convictions aren’t eligible for this, such as rape and kidnapping. A felony or misdemeanor must not have been committed since release as well.
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