Civil Rights Restoration: Part One of Five

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.

If Someone Had A Felony Conviction In Another State, Would That Affect Their Rights In Florida?

If you’re a convicted felon in any other state, you are still considered a convicted felon for the purposes of Florida. This will affect your right of firearm possession, your voting rights and all of that is affected as if the felony conviction had happened in Florida.

If Someone Is Convicted Of A Felony At The Federal Level, Does That Have Any Additional Consequences?

There are not many additional consequences for a federal level felony conviction other then what was previously mentioned. However, the main disadvantage to a federal conviction is that it is much more difficult to get your civil rights back, short of a presidential pardon.

That’s just the way the federal system is set up. Without exaggerating much, your odds are about as good as winning the lottery as getting your federal rights restored.

What Obvious Devastating Effects Of Losing Civil Right Would Have On Someone’s Life?

First of all, any type of a background check for work or a new job would most likely show this conviction. As mentioned, it affects your right to vote, and many of your duties as a citizen. The biggest one most people in Florida come to us for is firearm restoration.  Florida is a big hunting state and people believe strongly in the right to self-defense. Losing your right to possess firearms is usually the main disadvantage most people find with a felony conviction.


If you are need information regarding the Collateral Consequences Of A Felony Conviction In Florida, call the law office of Blake & Dorsten, P.A. for a FREE Initial Consultation at (727) 286-6141 and get the information and legal answers you’re seeking.

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