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{FL} Adjudication Withheld and Firearm Purchase/Ownership

Discussion in 'Alternative Dispute Resolution' started by ashamancurtis, Mar 24, 2011.

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  1. ashamancurtis

    ashamancurtis Law Topic Starter New Member

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    In 2008 I was arraigned on a Felony charge of "Unemployment Fraud" and placed in a Pre Trial Intervention program for 18 months. The State's Atty extended it for 3 months due to being unable to pay the full amount. When a second extension was applied for, the SA refused and sent the case back to court. I had completed all of the requirements of the agreement except full repayment of restitution (a total of $550 outstanding).

    The SA offered a plea deal of 18 mos probation, adjudication withheld. I am coming up on the early release point (12 months) and am curious about the "adjudication withheld" bit. I was assured by the Public Defender that after successfully completing the probation, that I would have all of my civil liberties including the right to own a firearm.

    As "Adjudication Withheld" is not a conviction (which would disqualify me under the Brady Act), will I be able to purchase a firearm or are there more hoops I will have to go through?

    Any help or advice, especially with statute references or case history would be appreciated.

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