How Much Does An Expungement Cost
Last Updated: December 13, 2013
I keep all our costs to a minimum to provide the best service at the lowest price. I provide a service that, except for some initial paperwork, is completely handled by my office. This gives my clients the freedom to go on with their lives knowing that their arrest record is being sealed or expunged properly.
Pre-Qualification Before You Pay Anything
Before I ask you for a single dime of your money I want to make sure you qualify to have your record sealed or expunged. By "qualifying" I mean that I want to make sure the F.D.L.E. will issue you a Certificate of Eligibility. This is a short process that I can usually answer over the phone. It is to your benefit to know whether you qualify or not before you spend time and money on this.
How Much Does It Cost To Expunge Criminal Record
Once you qualify to have your arrest record sealed or expunged there is an initial legal fee to get started. The legal fee depends on whether it is a felony or misdemeanor. The first payment is when you hire me. This covers the process of obtaining your Certificate of Eligibility. This can take between two to four months.
Once you have obtained your Certificate of Eligibility we can then proceed to petition the court. This is when the final legal fee is due. At that point your case is ready to go before the court. The time frame to getting this done is dependent on the court, the judge, and the prosecutor. This usually takes about 1-2 months at most.
FDLE Expunge / Seal Application Fee
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement requires a $75 processing fee. This is due at the beginning of the process to get your certificate of eligibility. This must be in the form of a money order made out to FDLE for $75. I will let you know when this is due.
Expunge / Seal Court Costs
Court costs are typically paid after the court has granted the criminal record expungement or sealing. Some courts ask for this fee before the petition hearing. This typically costs between $60-$100. I will let you know when this is due and how it can be paid.
Is An Expungement Worth The Cost
Everyone who seeks an expungement usually asks themselves is it worth it. To determine if the expungement cost is worth it you have to consider what the benefits are after you have a criminal record expunged or sealed. I explain what should be considered on my The Benefits of Expunging Your Record page but you should remember that the cost to expunge or seal your record is a one time event. The benefits last forever.
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