Once my criminal case is resolved, can my record be sealed?Return to FAQ Videos
So, in Florida, some cases can be sealed once they’re resolved and some cases cannot be sealed. There’s a couple of factors that go into deciding whether your case can be sealed or not. The first thing that you wanna look at is the charge. Certain charges in Florida can never be sealed. It takes a specialist to go through and look at what you’ve been charged with, compare it to the statute of what allows to be sealed, and then decide from that very basic level if your case can be sealed. The next step that you need to look at is how your case resolved itself. If you went to trial and you were found not guilty, then it likely can be sealed. If you entered a plea agreement at some time prior to trial, it really depends on how that plea resolved to know whether it can be sealed. At the O’Mara Law Group, we deal with this question a lot. It can get pretty intricate based on your charges and how the case resolved. At the O’Mara Law Group, we will take the time to make sure that you as the client understand what the underlying charge was and, at a very basic level, if that charge in itself can be sealed and, if it can be sealed, then based on your specific resolution, whether it can be sealed based on how your case was resolved.