Are there any laws that restrict someone with a criminal record from owning/operating/buying a business

For example, someone has a record and have not applied for any pardon. They are legally trying to start a restaurant. Will there be any issues with incorporation or licensing?

Asked on April 23, 2016 under Business Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, no: a criminal record does not stop someone from incorporating or forming an LLC, or buying a corporation or LLC, or buying, owning, or operating a business. Most business licenses should not a problem either--and most business do not require a license, anyway.
There are individual businesses that may be a problem--some of the highly regulated ones. For instances, it's likely that someone with a criminal record could not get a liquor license; he or she may be barred from many investment or financial businesses; he or she could not work in the gambling industry; certain crimes would stop him or her from having a gun shop. You have to look at the requirements for the specific industry in which you are interested.

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