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Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the law firm of Hall Scott Magaro is comprised of aggressive criminal defense and appellate litigation attorneys. They are standing by to help you level the playing field during what can be a very difficult time in your life. But what does it mean to withhold adjudication? The term "adjudication withheld" or what it means to withhold adjudication is a unique concept in Florida. While other states may have similar equivalents, Florida specifically refers to it as a withhold of adjudication. Essentially, this means that you are not convicted for the purposes of that specific crime. However, it's important to note that it doesn't mean it won't show up on your record or that you won't face some penalties. For example, the purpose of withholding adjudication is to allow first-time offenders with a low likelihood of reoffending to escape the consequences of a conviction, especially a felony conviction. Often, a court will withhold adjudication of guilt, essentially not adjudicating someone as a felon, to help them move on with their life. This way, they don't suffer from having their civil rights taken away, such as losing the right to vote or possess firearms. Withholding adjudication comes with its own set of challenges. It's not a blanket way to avoid a conviction altogether. The conviction will still be present on your record if you've had a withhold adjudication of guilt. In most cases, you can seal that record immediately after completing all the terms imposed by the court. These terms often include probation, fines, and sometimes restitution. Once completed, you can seal the record. However, certain crimes don't allow you to seal the record even if you've had a withhold adjudication of guilt. Florida statutes do eventually allow for the expungement of that record, but it requires a ten-year...