Florida Criminal Law

Criminal Law Forms & Statutes in Florida

Information for the most common criminal law inquiries including criminal record expungements, restoring civil rights, and early termination of probation.

Do you qualify for a criminal record expungement?

Is an early release from probation easy to get?

Can I restore my civil rights?

These questions and more are answered in our Florida Criminal Law section. For information on Criminal Law in Florida see Florida Statutes Title 46.

Expungements of Criminal Records

There are multiple steps which you must go through in order to obtain a court order to seal or expunge your Florida criminal law history records.

The first of which is obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

A certified copy of the disposition of the charge(s) to which the petition to seal/expunge pertains must be submitted.

For Florida expungement procedures see Florida Statutes Title 47.

For more information see our page on expungements in Florida.

Restoration of Civil Rights

In 2007 new laws were passed that allow certain convicted felons to have their civil rights restored automatically or without a hearing.

According to Level 1: Rule 9 felons will receive automatic approval of their application for restoration of civil rights after completing their sentence, probation, and restitution payments to victims providing there are no pending Florida criminal law charges.

The application to restore civil rights will be denied if the felon has been declared a:

  • habitual violent felony offender;
  • three-time violent felony offender;
  • violent career criminal;
  • prison releasee reoffender;
  • or a sexual predator.

See our page on restoring civil rights form more information.

Florida Probation & Early Termination

You aren’t the first, and very unlikely to be the last to be sentenced to probation. First breathe a big sigh of relief, that you didn’t go to jail. Then read the terms of your probation very carefully.

Chapter 948 of the Florida Criminal Law Statutes governs probation. There are different levels of probation supervision depending on the severity of the offense.

Once sentenced to probation your absolute goal is to abide by all of the terms and conditions.

See our page on surviving probation for more information.

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