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7 Types Of Clemency In Florida Explained


If you have been convicted of a felony crime in Florida, your life has undoubtedly been riddled with struggles and setbacks. From spending time in jail to paying hefty fines and having your reputation wholly destroyed, there are almost unlimited adverse life implications that result after a felony conviction. Though there are instances where mistakes in the justice system that lead to felony convictions are made. Clemency is the process of fixing errors that may have happened to certain individuals in the criminal justice system.

While clemency will not undo the past and the harm you experienced while you served time in jail or struggled your way through the criminal justice system, it is a way to restore the rights that have been taken away from you from your felony conviction. This includes all rights, or some rights, and potentially even gun rights.

Suppose you have questions about clemency and the types of clemency available in Florida. In that case, you can reach out to an Orlando criminal defense lawyer at Joshi Law Firm, PA, for more information. While being granted clemency in one form or another only happens in rare cases, your situation may be one that warrants the exploration of clemency.

Clemency in Florida 

It is not only the jail time, fines, and lack of life opportunities that a felony conviction can take away from a person. A felony conviction can also strip an individual of their civil rights. Being granted, clemency can restore the lost rights a person sustained due to injustices suffered in the criminal justice system.

Full Pardon 

The most comprehensive form of clemency is the full pardon which immediately releases a person from prison and punishment. Any guilt that has been assigned to a person is taken away entirely, and all civil rights are restored.

Pardon With no Firearm Rights Restored

This clemency form provides most of the benefits of a full pardon, with the exception of a person’s ability to own, be near, or operate firearms.

Misdemeanor Pardon

Conviction and guilt are forgiven, but an individual is still restricted from using and having firearms and will not have all of their citizenship rights.

Commutation of Sentence

The penalty that a person was sentenced to is reduced, but civil rights and rights to own and have firearms are not restored.

Remission of Fines and Forfeitures

Any fines or forfeitures from a criminal conviction are either removed or lessened.

Specific Authority to Own, Possess, or Use Firearms

Restores a convicted felon the ability to own and use guns.

Restoration of Civil Rights

Gives most citizenship rights back to a person that was convicted of a felony but will not restore the right to own and operate firearms. Additionally, sex offenders must still comply with established restrictions and obligations.

Speak to a Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Today 

Being arrested for and convicted of a felony offense in Florida has considerable repercussions and can ruin someone’s life. Even after time is served, and punishment parameters are met, a felony conviction can still strip individuals of certain rights and privileges. Clemency may restore all or some of those rights.

To learn more about what you can do after a felony conviction in Florida, the Orlando criminal defense attorneys at Joshi Law Firm, PA, can meet with you. Call today at (407) 661-1109 to discuss your situation during a free initial consultation.



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