Expunging and Sealing a DUI Record In Orlando

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Clearing Your DUI Record in Florida

When someone gets charged with a DUI in Florida, it can impact their life greatly, even if it is the only mark on an otherwise perfect record. A charge for driving under the influence can impact your ability to gain employment in certain fields, and can even impact your ability to buy a home. This does not include the impact on you personally.

  • Society has a tendency to view anyone with a DUI arrest on their record as irresponsible, and often times someone with a drinking problem. It can impact a person’s life greatly, both emotionally and legally. In any case where someone can have their record sealed, or even expunged, it is highly recommended in order to save them grief in the future.
  • If someone is facing a DUI charge in the state of Florida, whether in a highly populated area such as Orlando, or a more rural one, it is highly recommended that they seek a lawyer that is well versed in Florida’s sealing and expungement laws. Over time, these laws change so it is always a good idea to have an attorney that is experienced in that particular area of law.

DUI Sealing vs DUI Expungement

Having a DUI record sealed essentially means it is removed from public view. It still exists, but it is no longer public information, so it won’t come between you and your future goals. On the other hand, having a DUI expunged results in the record being removed entirely. This saves you from having to explain to any potential employer (or anyone) the circumstances of the incident. Once the matter is dismissed, or the charges are dropped, and the record expunged, the person is free to move forward and not have this incident affect their future.

How To Remove a DUI From Your Record in Florida

Well, you retain a DUI expungement attorney to do the initial paperwork. And what they’ll do is take the original disposition that’s certified by the clerk of court and they will send it over to the State Attorney for their approval. The State Attorney will sign off on that application indicating that the charge was dropped. Once they sign off on that application, then the lawyer will send that application up to FDLE with a $75 processing fee. Once you get your $75 fee in, and a fingerprint card, along with the certified disposition up to the FDLE, which is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, they should issue you a certificate of eligibility.

      • They will send it back to your lawyer who will then prepare a petition and an affidavit that you’ll have to swear, under oath, that you have no prior convictions. Obviously, you must tell the truth. If you don’t, it will subject you to perjury.
      • Once we get the petition prepared, and the attorney looks over all the documents, they will file it with the court. The court will usually wait for the state of Florida’s response, and the state of Florida can respond by no objection, agreeing to it, or in some rare occasions, objecting to the petition.
      • Many times, it can be done without a hearing. But if there is a hearing, the lawyer will attend on your behalf. Sometimes you will attend, and try to convince the judge why he should get rid of your record. The DUI record expungement process isn’t difficult, but it must be done properly.

Don’t Keep That DUI on Your Record Any Longer!

If you have been arrested for a DUI and would like to learn more about sealing or expunging your record, please contact one of our Orlando DUI attorneys immediately for a free case review. We are available 24 hours a day at 407-228-3838.