Convicted Felons: Restricting Rights

barbed wire prison fenceMany states in the U.S. are in the practice of restricting certain rights of convicted felons. Florida is indeed one of these states, so it is important to understand the rights you have been afforded if you or someone close to you has been convicted of a felony. While each individual case determines which rights are restricted or retained, here we discuss rights that are often restricted in Florida.

Knowing Your Rights

Florida typically restricts several rights of convicted felons. Felons in Florida lose the right to vote, hold public office, serve as a juror, and possess a firearm. The suspension of these rights is detailed in each individual case, sentence, probation, and other conditions. However, these rights can be restored through a clemency process between the felon and the Governor of Florida.

Clemency is the process by which felons may be considered for relief from their punishment and seek restoration of their rights. The Governor of Florida may grant clemency with the additional agreement of of two cabinet members. The Governor has the sole ability to deny clemency. While there are many types of clemency, most involve some form of forgiving the felon’s guilt of the offense and releasing them from punishment, along with restoration of certain rights.

For more information about the clemency process or the restricted rights of felons in Florida, call our professional team at (321) 631-2663!