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    Unhappy Can I Become a Police Officer if I Was Once Charged with Battery on a Police Officer

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: florida
    Can I become a cop in florida if I was charged with battery on a police officer(I walked up to a cops "gun side"). It was drop to a mis, I have not gotten in any trouble since and that was 6 years ago.

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    Default Re: Can I Become a Cop in Florida if I Was Charged with Battery on a Police Officer

    Let me put it to you this way...

    Out of the thousand people applying for that position, why would the hiring officer even LOOK at you over them?
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    Default Re: Can I Become a Police Officer if I Was Once Charged with Battery on a Police Offi

    will they still hire me- yes or no
    can I become a fireman

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    Default Re: Can I Become a Police Officer if I Was Once Charged with Battery on a Police Offi

    The charge of battery on a law enforcement officer in Florida is a third degree felony charge. You cannot become a police officer or a firefighter, ever. PERIOD

    Hopefully and maybe you can become a mall cop if mall management dosn't run a background check on you.

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    Default Re: Can I Become a Police Officer if I Was Once Charged with Battery on a Police Offi

    Is there a statute to that effect? Note that the conviction charge was to a lesser, misdemeanor offense.

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    Default Re: Can I Become a Police Officer if I Was Once Charged with Battery on a Police Offi

    (a) In the case of assault, from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a misdemeanor of the first degree.

    (b) In the case of battery, from a misdemeanor of the first degree to a felony of the third degree.

    (c) In the case of aggravated assault, from a felony of the third degree to a felony of the second degree. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person convicted of aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years.

    (d) In the case of aggravated battery, from a felony of the second degree to a felony of the first degree. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person convicted of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years.



    It is known that the state of Florida prosecutes battery of an LEO as a third degree felony.

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    Default Re: Can I Become a Police Officer if I Was Once Charged with Battery on a Police Offi

    So there's not actually a law preventing somebody charged with battery on a law enforcement officer from becoming a law enforcement officer? You're speaking only of the charge as a practical impediment? I just want to be clear as to your meaning when you say "You cannot become a police officer or a firefighter, ever".

    Also, again, the battery on a law enforcement officer charge was not the conviction charge. There was a plea bargain through which the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

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    I wish they DID handle all BLEO cases as felonies, but alas, tis wishful thinking. I can think of 4 or 5 cases of arrests made just by officers in my agency (Florida) for the 12 counties my division covers within the last 6 months, only one of which actually went to felony charges - all the rest pled down.

    Same with looking at criminal histories - when you get that rush of adrenaline that the guy you're out with is a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, then dispatch tells you that there are 8 felony arrests, that worked out as 6 misdemeanor convictions and 2 nolos. Big bummer.
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    Default Re: Can I Become a Police Officer if I Was Once Charged with Battery on a Police Offi

    Quote Quoting aaron
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    So there's not actually a law preventing somebody charged with battery on a law enforcement officer from becoming a law enforcement officer? You're speaking only of the charge as a practical impediment? I just want to be clear as to your meaning when you say "You cannot become a police officer or a firefighter, ever".

    Also, again, the battery on a law enforcement officer charge was not the conviction charge. There was a plea bargain through which the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.
    Right, I didn't read where the OP stated that the charge was down graded to a misdemeanor.

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    Default Re: Can I Become a Police Officer if I Was Once Charged with Battery on a Police Offi

    I was charged with battery on officer ( misdemeanor in the first degree) and ajudification for
    -resisting arrest without violence
    -and assualt on a officer

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