My question involves civil rights in the State of: Florida
In 1987/1989 I was charged with possession of marijuana (87) and Throwing a rock at a school bus (88), which I cant remember what a plead , I remember I was given probation and that was the end of that. I researched that back then (1996) the laws stated that after 7 years have gone by (no other issues or monies owed in that case) my civil rights were going to be automatically restored without me having to request it. Well, in 1995 my ex-girlfriend (girlfriend at the time) claimed i struck her and I was arrested (no photo proof of abuse, no ambulance called, no precautionary trip to hospital), 21 days later I was released and ALL charges dropped!
I recently (3/2013) took a course for class D & G security licenses and now (2/2014) i received a letter stating my licenses were denied due to civil rights not being restored. contacted the the Clemency Board and explained that my rights were supposed to be restored back in 1996 but they're saying its going to take 3-4 years before they can review my case because they are reviewing cases from 2005.
Is there another option to have them review my case quicker being that they failed to restore them 18 years ago?
Can I hire an attorney and sue the great state of Florida and/or Dade County for their failure/improper handling of my civil rights?