Am I eligible or qualify to become a police officer in Florida?
I have felony record of fraud that is currently sealed. The record has been sealed since 2006 however, the crime was committed in 2002 and I should be eligible for expunction next summer. I have read many forums on Google regarding that aspect and some says it depends on the agency or state law. In one particular post says that most agencies in Florida would hire someone as a police officer with a sealed or expunged felony of fraud over 10 years however, an anonymous police officer in Florida says that the sealed or expunged record must obtain a full pardon from the governor in order to be eligible. If the last statement is true, how do I go about getting a full pardon from the governor?
3 attorney answers
You will have to check their guidelines as to felony convictions and applications for employment. I thin you know this, but even if it's sealed, you should disclose it. Otherwise, the chances are zero if they find out. You should get an attorney for the pardon/expungement. Use the above tab find a lawyer.
This is not a criminal defense question; It is an administrative / regulatory / licensing question, and no lawyer can tell you whether or not you will be able to be certified as a police officer.
If you want to increase your odds at getting a competent answer then you should ask the only folks who can provide you an answer, to wit: the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. For your convenience I have attached a link to their website below.
Please see: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/getdoc/6d969a37-ef4a-40a0-bbfa-f8a3c0e6d94a/Employment-Requirements.aspx
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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Let's start here: Your "record" will be accessed by any law enforcement agency even though you've had it sealed, and will ultimately get it expunged. Florida's seal/expungement statute makes specific exceptions for access to these types of sealed/expunged records, such as those applying to be lawyers, nurses, working with children (such as DCF), and those who apply to work in law enforcement. Anywhere you apply for a law enforcement position will become aware of your prior transgression. That being said, whether or not an agency will allow you to become a police officer will be an agency by agency determination. While one agency may feel that based on the type of criminal charge and the amount of time that's passed, that they would consider you for a police officer position. Another agency, viewing the exact same information, may not want to offer you a position. You should check, in advance, with the agencies you will be applying to and see what their requirements are in this regard. Good luck.