6. If my civil rights have been restored, is my criminal history record expunged or sealed?
No. The reason is because the restoration of civil rights does not erase the felony conviction from the criminal history record, it only restores the civil rights.
To put it another way:
- In order for a person to lose their civil rights in Florida, that person must first have been convicted (i.e., adjudicated guilty) of a felony.
- The moment a person is convicted of a criminal offense in the State of Florida, the expungement and sealing statutes automatically disqualify that person from ever receiving an expungement or sealing of any criminal history record for the remainder of their lives.
- Therefore, because the restoration of civil rights is a different Florida Statute law, and is separate and apart from the expunge and sealing statutes, a restoration of civil rights does not erase a conviction from the person’s criminal history record.