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. Florida recently passed a law that automatically expunges criminal records for offenses committed under the age of 18 on a person’s 21st birthday, 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. For more information on sealing or expunging your criminal record, please visit http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/home.aspx (External Link) and click the tab entitled “Seal & Expunge.”