Unfortunately, while it's clear that you have taken steps to have turned yourself around since your teenage years, the state of Florida will not expunge a felony conviction. I am linking you to the law for the state so that you will read what few offenses they will remove. (See link
) You can see that they will, on the other hand, expunge a diversion program successfully completed by a minor if it was part of a prearrest or post arrest disposition. Your adjudication withheld probably comes under that category and, if so, is expengeable.
So it looks like you were on the right track with the idea of trying to get your two cases combined and withheld, assuming that the judge and DA would be willing to allow that to happen in the interest of justice
. It's a very long shot, but if you've been out of trouble for 24 years and the crimes were non-violent incidents committed when you were still a minor, it is not necessarily impossible. If it's something you can achieve at all, it would require the assistance of a lawyer.
Failing that, the only other recourse you would have would be to apply to the governor of Florida for a pardon. Pardons do not erase a criminal record
, but they are very difficult to obtain. So a pardon, noted on your criminal
history would still be official proof that the state has forgiven you for your offense and acknowledged that you have turned your life around.
I know that the health profession has very tough standards when it comes to getting a license or a job and an applicant has a criminal record. So I don't know if a pardon would help you work at a state hospital, for example. But it could broaden your career options much further than they are now. You have nothing to lose by trying to get one, as you would be able to apply for a pardon without needing a lawyer.
The Florida Office of Executive Clemency
does the applicant screening for the governor. I am linking you to the site which has links to forms and instructions. (See link
) Through this process you also restore your civil rights, such as your right to vote, to sit on a jury and run for office.
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