A "nolle prosse" is legal jargon for the State's dismissal
of a case against an accused. For a
criminal defense attorney, and especially the client, these are some very good words to hear.
However, just because your case has been dismissed doesn't mean that
the charge automatically comes off of your record.
If your case is in Miami-Dade County or Broward County, then your information
is accessible to the public. Just visit
, if you are looking up a Miami-Dade case, or
, if you are looking up a Broward case.
If your case has been nolle prossed, your case information will still come
up in any background check. The only thing is the disposition (outcome)
of the case will show that it was nolle prossed, at least on the Miami-Dade
Clerk's page. Sometimes the Broward Clerk's page does not show
the disposition, only that the case is closed.
What is troubling for many is that this information is 100% public. It
also shows a lot of information, including the charge. If you are looking
on the Miami-Dade Clerk's page, you will be able to scroll through
the entire docket history.
So how do you get rid of this case information even though the case has
You expunge the record.
By expunging your criminal record, you are removing all information from
public databases regarding your arrest. This process takes 4-6 months
but will permit you to legally deny that you have ever been arrested,
provided this is your first arrest.
You only get one expungement per lifetime, under Florida law.
There may be other obstacles to your eligibility, however. Click here to
find out if you are eligible to have your record expunged.
One obstacle is that if you have ever been convicted (adjudicated) of any
crime, you cannot have any subsequent arrest expunged.
Even if you received a written promise to appear (PTA) from the officer,
you have still been "arrested." There will be a record available
of your arrest online unless you get your case dismissed and expunge the record.
I practice criminal defense in Miami-Dade County and assist many clients in
the expungement process. If you require the services of an expungement
today. I charge a flat fee of $625, including costs.