Florida Senate - 2012 SB 666 By Senator Smith 29-00711-12 2012666__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to criminal history records of 3 juveniles; creating s. 943.05825, F.S.; providing for 4 the automatic sealing of records of offenses committed 5 by a juvenile upon completion of sentence; providing 6 exceptions; providing for the effect of sealing; 7 providing for application of other specified 8 provisions relating to expunction and sealing of 9 records; providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 943.05825, Florida Statutes, is created 14 to read: 15 943.05825 Automatic sealing of juvenile records.— 16 (1) Notwithstanding any other law, the criminal history 17 record of any offenses committed by a juvenile shall be 18 automatically sealed upon the juvenile’s completion of all 19 sentences for those offenses, except for the record of any 20 offense for which the juvenile was: 21 (a) Transferred to the adult system under s. 985.557, 22 indicted under s. 985.56, or waived into the adult system under 23 s. 985.556; or 24 (b) Transferred to the adult system but sentenced to the 25 juvenile system under s. 985.565. 26 (2) As used in this section, the term “sealed” or “sealing” 27 has the same meaning as provided in s. 943.059, excluding s. 28 943.059(4)(a), except that the criminal history record of a 29 juvenile whose record is sealed pursuant to this section shall 30 be made available only to criminal justice agencies for the 31 purpose of determining eligibility for prearrest, postarrest, or 32 teen court diversion programs; when the record is sought as part 33 of a criminal investigation; or when the subject of the record 34 is a candidate for employment with a criminal justice agency. 35 For all other purposes, a person whose record is sealed under 36 this section may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge the arrest 37 and the charge covered by the sealed record. 38 (3) Sealing of a record granted under this section does not 39 prevent the juvenile who receives such relief from petitioning 40 for the expunction or sealing of a later criminal history record 41 as provided in ss. 943.0585 and 943.059 if the juvenile is 42 otherwise eligible under those sections. 43 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.