Stephen G. Cobb - Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

Expungement Attorney in Florida

Helping To Clear Your Good Name

A number of individuals find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, and they get arrested and end up facing criminal charges. Some individuals may then be wrongfully convicted of the charges, especially if they did not have an experienced criminal defense attorney handling their case. For many people, any mark on their criminal record may have a substantially negative effect on their life and may affect aspects such as employment opportunities, professional licensure, qualifying for student loans, and much more. The good news is that such individuals may benefit greatly from an expunction or sealing of their criminal record.

At the Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm, we understand the complicated expunction and record sealing laws in Florida and work to clear the name of good citizens with wrongful convictions. Call one of our Florida offices to inquire about having your criminal record expunged or sealed today.

“If you want an attorney who will tell it like it is, cut to the chase, give your case the time and attention it deserves; who is efficient as well as effective – Stephen Cobb should be at the top of your list. Maybe the ONLY name on your list.”
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The laws regarding expunction and record sealing in Florida are very complicated and set out two types of expunction. The first type is an administrative expunction and has many components that must be met to qualify, including:

  • The arrest was made “contrary to law” or “by mistake”
  • The application for expunction is made by a law enforcement agency
  • One of the following is true:
    • The law enforcement agency admits the mistake
    • There is a court order finding the arrest was made by mistake or contrary to law
    • The law enforcement agency supports an individual’s direct application to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

By submitting such an application for an expunction, a law enforcement agency effectively opens itself up to a lawsuit, so you can imagine why an administrative expunction is rarely used. Other Florida laws allow court-ordered expunction and record sealing that do not require law enforcement to submit the application. There are several ways you may be disqualified from expunction or record sealing under these statutes, however, and your case may likely require a court hearing. For these reasons, it is always important to have an experienced attorney who understands expunction and record sealing laws handling your case.


Stephen G. Cobb has been board certified as a Criminal Trial Law Expert by the Florida Bar and has recently been selected as a Top 10 Attorney by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA). He has a 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo, where clients have described him as “the best.”

At the Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm, we understand the complex nature of expunction and record sealing cases, as well as the importance of clearing your name. If you are wondering whether you are eligible for expunction or sealing of your criminal record, call us today at (850) 423-00355 for help.

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