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Which Crimes May Not Be Sealed Or Expunged

An application for a Certificate of Eligibility to expunge or seal a criminal history record will be denied under any of the following circumstances:

1. The criminal history record reflects that you have been adjudicated guilty, as an adult, of a criminal offense or comparable ordinance violation. Or that you as a juvenile have adjudicated delinquent for committing any of the following:

Assault; Battery; Carrying a concealed weapon; Unlawful use of destructive devices or bombs; Neglect of a child; Assault or battery on a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or other specified officers; Open carrying of a weapon; Exposure of sexual organs; Unlawful possession of a firearm; Petit theft; Cruelty to animals; Arson; Unlawful possession or discharge of a weapon or firearm at a school-sponsored event or on school property.

Certain driving violations are classified as criminal, such as DUI, reckless driving, and (with some exceptions) driving while license is suspended/canceled/revoked.

2. The criminal history record reflects that you have been adjudicated guilty of or adjudicated delinquent for committing one or more of the acts stemming from the arrest or alleged criminal activity to which the application pertains.

3. The criminal history record reflects that you have received a prior sealing or expungement of a criminal history record under Section 943.0585Section 943.059, former Section 893.14, former Section 901.33 or former Section 943.058. NOTE:  A sealing or expungement obtained under any other parts of the law, not listed here, will not count as a “prior” order.

4. The criminal history record to which the application pertains relates to a violation of Section 393.135Section 394.4593Section 787.025chapter 794,  Section 796.03,  Section 800.04Section 810.14Section 817.034Section 825.1025Section 827.071chapter 839Section 847.0133Section 847.0135Section 847.0145Section 893.135Section 916.1075 a violation enumerated in Section 907.041, or a violation of any offense qualifying for registration as a sexual predator under Section 775.21 or for registration as a sexual offender under Section 943.0435, F.S., with a finding of guilt (or delinquency), or a plea or guilty or no contest (without regard to whether adjudication was withheld).

5. The criminal history record reflects that you have another petition to seal or expunge pending before a court of competent jurisdiction.

6. The criminal history record reflects that the court supervision applicable to the disposition of the arrest or alleged criminal activity to which the application pertains has not been completed. 

7. [For expungement only] The criminal history record reflects that some or all of the charges related to the arrest or criminal activity to which the application pertains were not dismissed prior to trial, adjudication, or the withholding of adjudication. If no other disqualification applies, the record would be eligible to be sealed.

Disqualifying Charges for Expunction/Sealing

8. Except for certain specified offenses, the record of an arrest may be sealed when adjudication is withheld, if otherwise eligible.  The offenses which may not be sealed (or expunged even if previously sealed for 10 years) when adjudication is withheld under current law are:

The Offenses Are: 

  1. Arson
  2. Aggravated Assault
  3. Aggravated Battery
  4. Illegal use of explosives
  5. Child abuse or Aggravated Child Abuse
  6. Abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, or aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult
  7. Aircraft piracy
  8. Kidnapping
  9. Homicide
  10. Manslaughter
  11. Sexual Battery
  12. Robbery
  13. Carjacking
  14. Lewd, lascivious, or indecent assault or act upon or in the presence of a child under the age of 16 years
  15. Sexual activity with a child, who is 12 years of age or older but less than 18 years of age, by or at solicitation of a person in familial or custodial authority
  16. Burglary of a dwelling
  17. Stalking and Aggravated Stalking
  18. Act of Domestic Violence
  19. Home-invasion Robbery
  20. Act of Terrorism as defined by 
  21. Manufacturing any substances in violation of chapter 893
  22. Attempting or conspiring to commit any of the above crimes

Section 393.135, F.S.
Sexual misconduct with developmentally disabled person and related offenses
Section 394.4593, F.S.
Sexual misconduct with mental health patient and related offenses
Section 787.025, F.S.
Luring or enticing a child
Chapter 794, F.S. 
Sexual Battery and related offenses
Former Section 796.03, F.S.
Procuring person under 18 for prostitution
Section 800.04, F.S.
Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age
Section 810.14, F.S.
Section 817.034, F.S.
Florida Communication Fraud Act
(Scheme to Defraud or Organized Fraud, as used in Section 817.034(d), F.S.)
Section 825.1025, F.S.
Lewd or lascivious offense upon or in presence of elderly person or disabled person
Section 827.071, F.S.
Sexual performance by a child
Chapter 839, F.S.
Offenses By Public Officers and Employees.
Section 847.0133, F.S.
Showing, selling, etc., obscene literature to minor
Section 847.0135, F.S.
Computer pornography
Section 847.0145, F.S.
Selling or buying of minors
Section 893.135, F.S.
Trafficking in controlled substances
Section 916.1075, F.S.
Sexual misconduct with mentally deficient or mentally ill defendant and related offenses
A violation of any offense qualify for registration as a sexual predator under Section 775.21 or for registration as a sexual offender under Section 943.0435, F.S.


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