Maybe, depending on your charge, as well as your prior criminal record. Further, certain conditions and exceptions apply. For example, sealing your record only restricts access by the general public. Federal, state, county and city agencies may still access your criminal history record. Expunction of your record totally removes your criminal record; however, agencies will be able to know that the criminal record has been removed and can obtain the record through a court order. There are other exceptions where you may not deny or fail to acknowledge a sealed or expunged criminal charge. In addition, sealing or expunging your record in Florida may have no impact on private firm or federal databases. Your record may still be available through private companies that purchase such information from the state and counties. Employers and the general public may still have access to these records through the private companies. While an individual may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the sealed or expunged criminal information, there are numerous exceptions to the rule.  The criminal history record of a minor maintained by Florida Department of Law Enforcement will automatically be expunged at the age of 21, so long as the person did not commit a forcible felony between the ages of 18 and 21, was not adjudicated as an adult for a forcible felony committed as a minor, and was not adjudicated delinquent for certain sexual offenses[1].  It is important to keep in mind that if you are interested in joining the military, you should presume the military will find out about your record during the enlistment process. There is no official statute creating this type of presumption, but from a practical standpoint it is safe to assume your recruiter will find out. For more information on sealing or expunging your criminal record, please visit

[1] § 943.0515, Fla. Stat.