Can my girlfriend get any type of pardon or clemency to help clear her criminal record?

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Can my girlfriend get any type of pardon or clemency to help clear her criminal record?

My girlfriend was charges with felony fraud 3 years ago by FL unemployment; it was adjudicated down to misdemeanor petit theft. She only had to pay restitution. I was told she has a chance from FL clemency board though it’s been almost 3 years. She was let go from her full-time job just after this occurred so now companies do not wish to hire ex-offenders. She only has a part-time job left. She has a clean record up to this incident. Oddly, when officers came to her house to get her, she was getting ready for work since she had no idea she was going to be charged. I am trying to find way to get her record clear so she can work full-time again.

Asked on September 18, 2011 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

She should speak with a criminal attorney that deals with expunging or sealing criminal conviction records and arrest records in the Florida area.  Each state allows a person that meets the criteria to expunge  - erase - or seal their record.  She would apply for a certificate of Eligibility under Florida law.  If she does not qualify for expungement then she may be able to request that she be pardoned for the crime.  It may still show up on a background check though.  I am going to give you a link to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a start.  Take a look at their web page to get an idea. Good luck. 

http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/getdoc/361ffd35-8129-4cfe-ba09-3eece9ad1a79/Instructions-for-Applying-for-a-Certificate-of-Eli.aspx


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