April 22, 2018
The process to restore a former felon's voting rights has long been decried as onerous and unfair. A federal judge agreed, ruling the entire process was not only full of prejudice, but completely unconstitutional. This ruling and an amendment to automatically restore felon's rights are shaking up Florida politics.
January 28, 2017
For the fifth year in a row, a Florida State Senator has introduced a bill that will require mug shot publishing websites to remove the photos of those who opt out, and to do so without any fee. Additionally, CS/SB 118 expands the types of charges that can be expunged right away. It will need the support of the public if it is going to pass this time.
July 28, 2016
Joining pro-business groups in Kentucky, Florida TaxWatch has come forward to suggest ways in which the state can improve re-entry efforts, part of which includes an alternative to the sealing and expungement system in place right now - a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
January 23, 2016
For an overview of what it takes to seal or expunge your record in Florida, nothing beats an Expeal Quick Guide. As one of the best states in terms of providing free resources, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and our summary will make the process easy.
January 13, 2016
Florida moves in line with the current trend towards real and true criminal justice reform by trying to make it easier for juvenile offenders to actually start their lives. By allowing minors to expunge their record sooner than currently allowed, real obstacles are removed.
January 6, 2018
A lawsuit against the mugshot industry passed it's first big hurdle -- a motion to dismiss. The Judge dismissed a few counts, but allowed the case to move forward on the basis of the Right to Publicity laws in Illinois and Florida, a specific mugshot related law in Illinois, and the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices law in Florida.
August 29, 2016
In an effort to bring real change to the way in which Florida treats people with criminal records, Expeal is hosting a free expungement and voter registration fair. Not only will Expeal help clear records, but we will also register people to vote in the upcoming elections.
April 18, 2016
While Florida seems like it is friendly because of the fact a large number of misdemeanors and felonies qualify - it comes with a very strict catch. You can never have had a conviction for any criminal offense in your entire life and you can only seal or expunge one record in your entire life. Don't get caught off guard.
January 21, 2016
Adding yet another potential way to have a request to seal or expunge a record in Florida denied, Lake Worth City Commissioners are one step away from making it a crime to be on public property at night. The punishment if convicted is a trespassing violation and a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 60 days in jail.
December 10, 2015
It is no secret that tensions run high in a courtroom. It is also human nature to develop bonds with and grudges for the people you see day-to-day. If those people have certain beliefs and get along with you, you'll like them. If not, you may end up having a relationship like this Broward County judge and public defender.
December 23, 2017
Mugshot publishing websites in Florida will be subject to new rules on July 1, 2018, but the first lawsuit has already been filed. Two of the biggest mugshot publishing websites have settled with the plaintiff in the Broward County case and provided the legal system with a preview of the litigation to come.
August 15, 2016
By making a bold push towards real criminal justice reform, St. Petersburg and the rest of Pinellas County are providing a real model for the rest of Florida. Together with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, an alternative sentencing program is providing a real second chance.
February 1, 2016
"They got arrested, fingerprinted, booked, had his picture [taken] ... and had to go to rehabilitation. They're five-years-old. So, then, when he went to get a job when he was an adult, they said, 'well, do you realize you have a police record?' Then, he said, 'does it say on there that I was five?'"
January 14, 2016
The Supreme Court of the United States knocked down Florida's current system set in place for issuing death penalty sentences. While it may not save the petitioner's life, it will change the system for the future.
December 7, 2015
3 police officers received their orders to pack their belongings and leave behind their gun and badge, even though they were acquitted of all charges. Whether the prosecution failed is a different story, as Internal Affairs investigators had seen enough to know that these bad cops had to go.