If I had a dollar for every call I’ve gotten over the years for people who want to cover their criminal tracks, I’d be rich. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it seems to seal or expunge your Florida criminal records. First of all, there’s a difference between sealing and expunging.
Sealing merely means that the record becomes confidential and cannot be disclosed to the public. It’s still physically there as are the fingerprints.
Expunging means that the file is physically obliterated and destroyed and can not be disclosed to the public.
In either case, if you apply for admission to the Florida Bar, Department of Children and Families, for a firearm permit, or certain other professions, even if your record has been sealed or expunged, you still must admit to it.
However, in most professions, you do not have to answer the question which asks about your prior criminal record with a yes. Which is what most people want and the reason they hire lawyers to have their records expunged or sealed.
Additionally, if you are ever again prosecuted for a crime, and someone asks you about your prior criminal history you must admit to it.