General differences between a record being sealed vs. expunged:

Public access is restricted to criminal history records that are sealed. Per Florida Statutes s.943.059(4)(a), certain governmental or associated entities have access to sealed record information in its entirety. However, when a record has been expunged, those entities would not have access to the record itself without a court order.


Florida Statutes, s.943.0585 and s.943.059, provides that certain additional criteria be met in order for a criminal history record to be sealed or expunged.

What charges may not be sealed?

There are various criminal charges that may not be sealed even when adjudication is withheld as described in s. 943.059, Florida Statutes.