It seems like you can't go a week without hearing a story about a "Florida Man" who committed some kind of ridiculous crime. It's not just Floridians that make these mistakes, but Florida is one of few states with "proud open government laws" where criminal records are public. This makes it incredibly easy for reporters, future employers, and even potential dating prospects to find your record without even conducting a background check. Luckily, we also have the ability to request the sealing or expungement of your criminal record. When a record is sealed or expunged it can't be found by the public or in routine background checks that may be done by a new job or a bank when you're trying to get a loan for a car or a house.