Correcting Erroneous Criminal Records
F.D.L.E. Will Fix Incorrect Records
Information provided by Eric J. Dirga, P.A., Orlando - Statewide Service
Last Updated: March 25, 2015
Usually, you want to expunge prior arrests because you made a mistake in your past - you committed a youthful mistake and you want to move on. However, sometimes your criminal history posted by F.D.L.E. is incorrect or inaccurate. These mistakes can have serious consequences for you and they can be fixed.
FDLE Can Correct Mistakes In Their Records
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] provides a process by which individuals can request that an error reported on their criminal arrest history be corrected. This could be an inaccurate charge appearing on your record or inaccurate court information. It may be surprising to know that many people with common names have arrest records appearing on their criminal histories that belong to someone else. Sometimes the information regarding a misdemeanor is inaccurate and makes it appear to be a felony.
If you fear that you have a mistaken arrest on your record or this information posted there is incorrect it can be fixed - and should be as soon as possible. We can help you do this. Go to our Contact Page and tell us what the problem is.
If you did not know - F.D.L.E. Sells The Records It Maintains
The F.D.L.E. sells the records it keeps to private background check companies. If the information it has on you is inaccurate, that is what is being sold. Now your problem has become worse ten-fold. The easiest way to find out what F.D.L.E. is selling about you is to do a background check on yourself through them. You can find that on their Criminal History Information page. Be forewarned, the data retrieved can be hard to understand. A lot of it is symbols and accronyms. If you cannot make heads nor tails of it fax or scan and email it to us and we will take a look and help you decipher it.
Removing Inaccurate Information From F.D.L.E. Records
When you find a mistake within the records of F.D.L.E. you should move quickly to fix the situation. The longer it sits there the more companies have access to it. They, in turn, create more inaccurate records. The amount of effort to correct the situation will depend on what is incorrect. Sometimes it can be corrected fairly easily. Other times it can be quite difficult. One way to understand it is to obtain a copy of your criminal history information (see link above) and then contact our office. We can look at it and give you an idea of what is going on and what it will take to fix it.
If you have further questions or your arrest history is not a mistake and want to expunge or seal an arrest please click START MY EXPUNGEMENT and submit the form.
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