Eric J. Dirga, P.A.

A Florida Lawyer

Criminal Record Expungements, Criminal and Civil Traffic Cases, Suspended Driver's Licenses

733 West Colonial Drive, Orlando 32801 - (407) 841-5555

Florida Juvenile Criminal Record Expungements and Sealings

Protect Your Child From a One-time Mistake

Information provided by Eric J. Dirga, P.A., Orlando - Statewide Service

Last Updated: May 3, 2016

Juvenile Record Expungements and Sealings

Growing up is an adventure. We all took too many risks and did too many dumb things - but we were kids. Unfortunately, some of us got caught. These one-time mistakes should not follow you for the rest of your life. Today, they do.

We believe that juvenile records are confidential and exempt from public records. The fact is the Florida public records laws are a mess. Depending on what Florida department you are looking at the record keeping and protections of juvenile records change. The bottom line is that your child's juvenile record is being sold to private background companies.

The good news is that your child can take advantage of the sealing (s. 943.059, Fla. Stat.) and expungement (s. 943.0585, Fla. Stat.) statutes. In addition, the law also provides for a separate expungement (s. 943.0582, Fla. Stat.) if your child has completed a juvenile diversion program. Your child should take advantage of these procedures in order to minimize his or her exposure to the "information age."

Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Record Information

Expungements (for cases that have been dropped) and sealings (for cases that have had the adjudication of delinquency withheld) are a huge benefit today. The sooner you have this ordered the sooner the records will stop being sold to private companies for broad distribution to hiring companies, apartments, and others. These companies buy these records directly from the state and provide these records to anyone willing to pay the money.

We have been under a false belief that juvenile records are not public records and that no one can see them. The actual law says differently and has been interpreted to mean that all juvenile records are public records (see juvenile records). This means having your juvenile record expunged or sealed is a necessity.

Juvenile Record Expungement and Sealings Are Not For Everyone

A juvenile record expungement or sealing is meant to give kids a second chance. These are not for kids that are committing violent crimes, multiple crimes, or will continue to commit crimes. First, most violent crimes are ineligible if you or your child was found guilty of it. Second, a kid that has been found guilty of committing multiple offense may receive little benefit from this procedure since it can only remove records from one arrest.



Corrections/Errors; Questions

The purpose of publishing this information is to help judges, attorneys and non-lawyers better understand this area of law. We appreciate any input that may further this goal.

Found an error or want to suggest a correction for this page? Please inform us by emailing us at Corrections And Errors.

If you have a question about representation on a criminal case you can email us at Question About Representation.

If you want to suggest a new or old case that we have not listed on this website please submit the complete bluebook case citation to Suggest Case Law.


If you found any information I have provided on this webpage helpful please click my Plus+1 button so that others may also find it.

Contact Us - Click Here