florida commutation of sentence

When criminal appellate forms of relief have been exhausted, typically the only avenue to reduce or eliminate a sentence.

Florida Commutation of Sentence for either a Prison or Probation Sentence Following a Criminal Conviction.

Florida Commutation of Sentence

Florida Commutation of Sentence

In Florida, the Office of Executive Clemency states that a Commutation of Sentence may adjust an applicant’s penalty to one less severe but does not restore any civil rights, and it does not restore the authority to own, possess, or use firearms    That information can be found at the Florida Office of Executive Clemency’s website on its overview page – https://www.fcor.state.fl.us/clemencyOverview.shtml. Foundation Legal, P.A. and Ryan C. Morris, Esq. would be honored to be your Florida Clemency Lawyer.

When all forms of criminal appellate relief have been exhausted, a Florida Commutation of Sentence is typically the last avenue to freedom.

When an individual is convicted and sentenced in Florida, there are usually different avenues available as long as certain time and other requirements are met.  Some examples of these are direct appeals, post-conviction motions, writs of habeas corpus, etc.  When those opportunities are exhausted however, the only avenue still available is typically a Florida Commutation of Sentence.  It is a form of Clemency.

In order to pursue any forms of Florida Clemency relief, there are certain eligibility requirements that must be met.  When it comes to a Florida Commutation of Sentence, those eligibility requirements are based off of the amount of time that has passed since the sentencing date.  The amount of time that has to pass is determined by the type of sentence received.  Was that sentence minimum mandatory in nature, a life sentence, or was it just a traditional sentence?  When seeking a Florida Commutation of Sentence, you must first seek review under Rule 8 of the Florida Rules of Executive Clemency.  The specifics can be found on the Office of Executive Clemency’s website on its clemency rules page: https://www.fcor.state.fl.us/docs/clemency/clemency_rules.pdf.

Additionally, the road to Florida Clemency is beset with obstacles and difficulties that can make the pursuit frustrating and confusing.  From the completion of the application cover sheet to the ordering of the necessary court documentation, the interview with the investigator at the Florida Commission on Offender Review, the report and recommendation, and beyond to the final determination made by the four members of the Executive Clemenecy Board – the Governor, Commissioner of Agriculture, CFO, and Attorney General, it is critical to make sure that one is putting themselves in the best possible position.  This is particularly true when it comes to a Florida Commutation of Sentence.

Since 2013, Foundation Legal, P.A. has been working with individuals in order to give them the best possible chance at receiving these special forms of relief.  Feel free to contact us now for your consultation.  Foundation Legal, P.A. and Ryan C. Morris, Esq. would be honored to be your Florida Clemency Lawyer.


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If there was 10 stars I would give him 10. Never have I met an attorney that is more attentive to your needs and stuck by my side for almost 10 years. The process was painless and the outcome was better than expected I would recommend anybody looking for a Clemency to call him as soon as possible

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Trevor C.

I contacted Foundation Legal in February of 2020 for some legal advice about Clemency hearings and possible obtaining all my rights. It was obvious from the first meeting Mr. Morris was very knowledgeable about the process. He also displays kindness, patience and truly cares about his clients rights being restored! Also my case was not cut and dry at all. The Clemency process came back with reasons to deny me on several different occasions. None of the reasons they used to deny me had nothing to do with Mr. Morris however Mr. Morris performed due diligence every time and knew what to do to ensure I have my fair hearing. After 15 months now we are having to reapply again for hopefully the last time to get a hearing date. Mr. Morris would encourage me when I was ready to throw in the towel myself! Mr. Morris is truly a great human being and I would recommend him hands down! I can’t put into words how grateful I am. I would also like to point out that Becky with his staff is a wonderful woman as well! Thank you team Foundation Legal!!

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