Governor Scott and his staff are unable to provide legal assistance or advice to private citizens. The Governor is unable to intervene in matters involving the judicial branch of government. This includes landlord/tenant issues, complaints about homeowners associations, and dissolutions of marriage, child custody cases, and civil legal disputes.

Criminal Issues

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

County Sheriff’s Offices

Police Departments

Florida Public Defenders

Civil Legal Issues

The person who can best assist those with legal questions is an attorney. The Florida Bar offers a Lawyer Referral Service that can be contacted by calling toll-free at (800) 342-8011 or at

The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300

Consumer Legal Information

For those unable to afford a lawyer, Florida Legal Services or the county legal aid association has information about the availability of pro bono counsel. The main telephone number of Florida Legal Services is (850) 385-7900.


Information about services provided by the Florida Department of Corrections can be obtained by contacting the Department of Corrections Office of Citizen Services at the address below.

Department of Corrections
Office of Citizens’ Services
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500
Phone: 850-488-7052 or
Toll free: 1-888-558-6488

Florida Prisons and Probation Offices

The Florida Department of Corrections Community Resource Directory
Provide offenders under supervision, probation officers, and judges with resources that may be utilized to assist offenders with employment and educational opportunities

Executive Clemency and Restoration of Civil Rights

The clemency function is an act of mercy that absolves an individual from all or any part of the punishment that the law imposes. This is a power to grant full or conditional pardons, or commute punishment. There are rules for these lengthy procedures, and these powers are vested in the Governor only with the agreement of two Cabinet members who are also statewide elected officials. For more information, please contact the Office of Executive Clemency at the address below:

The Rules of Executive Clemency

Office of Executive Clemency
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2450
Toll-free: 1-800-435-8286

For information about federal bonding programs which create incentives for employers to hire at-risk applicants, such as ex-felons, please contact the Department of Economic Opportunity at the address below.

Department of Economic Opportunity
107 East Madison Street
Caldwell Building, Suite 100
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Toll-free: 1-800-342-3450
Phone: (850) 245-7105


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