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Other Questions Related To Civil Rights Restoration

What Are Some Other Things Someone Should Know Before They Start Restoring Their Civil Rights?

There are two main things: One, is to be patient. It’s not an overnight process, not even a few month process.  It is something you have to realize will take time. Secondly, anybody who tries to tell you there is a 100% guarantee that you will get your rights back, is not being honest with you. There is no guarantee.

Factors Affecting Restoration Of Civil Rights And What Happens Next

What Is The Executive Clemency Board Hearing?

The Executive Clemency Board hearing is the hearing with four people; the governor and three members of the cabinet. They meet four times a year to review a set amount of applications. Through a conversation and through hearings, they determine what rights will be restored, if any.

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FAQs About The Process Of Civil Rights Restoration

What Is The Process Involved In Having Your Civil Rights Restored?

It is actually quite a long, arduous process. There are several different types of restoration one may apply for. You can put an application in to restore your civil rights, meaning your right to vote, hold office, rights to sit on a jury etc. There’s also a separate application that you could fill out for the specific authority to own, possess or use a firearm. That is just like asking for your civil rights to be restored but with the added addition of now getting your right to possess a firearm restored.

Restoring Of Civil Rights And Civil Liberties In Florida

How And When Is Restoring Civil Liberties And Civil Rights Possible?

Civil liberties and civil rights are one in the same. Though it is a long and costly process that does take a lot of effort and does depend on the actual felony conviction itself, it is often possible for a person convicted in the state of Florida or in another state to actually have their rights restored.

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Consequences Of A Felony Conviction In Florida

What Civil Rights Are Lost When Someone Is Convicted Of A Felony In Florida?

When you are convicted of a felony in the state of Florida, you lose the right to vote, the right to legally possess a firearm, the right to hold office, and the right to sit on a jury.

civ rights 1.jpgLately, the Florida Criminal Defense lawyers of Blake & Dorsten, P.A.have received numerous questions regarding how to restore civil rights. Generally, these questions come from people who have been convicted of one or more felony crimes. In Florida when you are ajudicated guilty (rather then receiving a withhold of ajudication) you are considered a convicted felon. You lose many of your civil rights such as the right to vote, the right to own a firearm (which even if your civil rights are granted back, you will need to wait an additional eight years from the date you have completed all conditions of your original criminal offense before becoming eligible), the right to hold public office and (maybe some good news) the right to serve on a jury.

The following is a brief overview of what the Pinellas criminal defense lawyers at Blake & Dorsten, P.A. do to attempt to restore peoples civil rights. Civil rights are restored through the Office of Executive Clemency. This Board is comprised of the Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and the Commissioner of Agricultural and Consumer Services.

New rules of executive clemency were implemented in 2007. Convicted felons who hope to restore their civil rights now fall under three levels. In all three levels, certain rules appy. To be eligible for civil rights restoration, you must have no pending charges, your sentence must be completed and all restitution must have been paid to the victim (if any).

civ rights 2.jpgYou are eligible under the first level if you have never commited a violent offense (such as child abuse or aggravated battery). In addition you must not be declared a habitual violent felony offender, a three time violent felony offender, a violent career criminal or a sexual predator. If you qualify, your rights are restored WITHOUT a hearing. This can still be a time consuming process however, generally taking six months to a year or more.

A Level two applicant has been convicted of a violent offense and does not qualify under level one rules. These violent offenses cover everything but murder and sex offenses. As you can imagine, the standards to restore your civil rights become more difficult. You must still qualify like level one but now you don’t automatically qualify for rights restoration. If your civil rights are not restored after whats called a mid-level investigation, your attorney will need to contact the Office of Executive Clemency to request a full hearing.

As you might have guessed, a Level three applicant was convicted of murder or sexual offenses or a sexual predator. He/she will not be able to get their civil rights restored without a full investigation AND a hearing…

In conclusion, restoring your Florida Civil Rights is not easy, quick, or guaranteed. It is a long, arduous process. Having experienced criminal defense lawyers to help you through the legal minefields gives you the best chance of sucess.
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