"I have always believed in second chances. As the Miami-Dade State Attorney, I have committed my office to finding ways to make that happen."
- Katherine Fernandez Rundle

The “Second Chance Program”
helps open doors and change lives.

The Second Chance Sealing/Expunging program helps individuals arrested for certain low-level offenses obtain court orders sealing and/or expunging their records. This enhances these individuals’ career, educational, and housing opportunities.   

If you were charged with a crime in Miami-Dade County and the case did not result in a conviction, you may be eligible to have a single record sealed or expunged. Have you ever asked yourself?

Can I seal or expunge my criminal record?
When am I required to acknowledge sealing or expungement?

We are here to answer these and other questions. We help those individuals who qualify by processing their applications for submission to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. If you do not qualify for Sealing or Expunging, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Parole Commission may be able to offer assistance.

The Community Outreach Division (COD) organizes “Second Chance One-Stop” S&E Events. These events bring all the necessary parties together at one place  to minimize the cost and effort needed to seal and expunge one’s record. If someone was charged with a crime in Miami-Dade County and the case did not result in a conviction, that single record may be eligible for sealing or expungement. Only state criminal cases (not any Federal cases) that occurred in Miami-Dade County can be reviewed under this program.