I was arrested in August 2005 in ft. Lauderale Florida for grand theft in the 3rd degree. I stole items from a retail store that I was working from. The court gave me and I did 18months probation and I paid all the court fees and fines on time. Never been in any trouble since then.
You can/should start by speaking with a FL attorney who handles expungment issues.
FYI, not every record /offense can be expunged.
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Sealing is available in a case where you received a withhold of adjudication, and expunction is available in a case which was dismissed, nolle pros'd, no actioned or where you were found to have been not guilty. In Florida you can only seal or expunge one eligible (non-disqualified) offense in your lifetime.
If you look at the following website you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the sealing / expunction process:
I also strongly encourage you to read my AVVO Legal Guide on Sealing and Expunging Records in FL as it contains valuable information supplemental to this answer and should prove to be helpful to you. For your convenience the a links follows:
Michael A. Haber, Esq.'s AVVO Legal Guide on Sealing and Expunging Records in FL: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/sealing-and-expunging-records-in-fl-a-legal-guide-by-michael-a-haber-esq-miami-criminal-lawyer?published=true
The procedure is both quite detailed and somewhat painstaking but is also far from being rocket science. You can attempt to navigate it yourself (FDLE has tried to simplify it - again I refer you to the website above) but, assuming your eligibility, any criminal defense lawyer (anywhere in Florida - this can be done remotely and does not necessarily require a local attorney, although a local attorney may or may not be less expensive) will be able to accomplish the task with greater ease and likely in a shorter time period.
That said I suspect that it doesn't much matter where you were arrested, what you were arrested for, what the final disposition was or whether or not you sealed / expunged the record. This is 2018 and we are forehead deep into the internet age, where nothing is private, sacred or truly hidden from public scrutiny.
Sadly, sealing (and expunging) only applies to certain (not even to all) government agencies (for example if fingerprints, mugshots, DNA or anything else - including crime statistics bearing your name or identifying information - were uplaoded to the FBI database then a local Order of Expunction would not effect the Feds) and that it has no effect whatsoever on private (er, extortionist) enterprise, who compile and maintain arrest information and then demand that you pay them off to remove your information from their database and public access. Worse still, after you "buy back your information", then you can count on there being another private company lurking, somewhere, sometime, somehow, just waiting for you to pay them off as well. Its a seemingly never-ending vicious cycle.
For better or for worse you are probably best advised to take the wind out of the sails by admitting your past issues / indiscretions to your present (or potential) employer, lender, landlord, etcetera, rather than waiting for them to find out on their own.
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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If you were not convicted, you may be eligible to petition the court to have your record sealed. Assuming you have no prior criminal convictions, you should be eligible.
As long as you received a withhold of adjudication on this case, and have no prior convictions, then you should be eligible to get your case/arrest sealed. The process to get a case sealed usually takes about 6 months from start to finish. You should call attorneys on this site for further consultation.
If you got a withhold then you can probably seal it off your record. Hire a lawyer to do this for you.
The important question here is whether or not you were convicted for this case or any other criminal, traffic/criminal case. Or have you sealed/expunged any case before. If you have any conviction, you will not be able to seal or expunge this case.
Before you start the process contact either FDLE or a local attorney who does sealing/expunging. Five minutes on the telephone will give you answers at no cost.
Wishing you good luck
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