What are the benefits of a pardon?
- Restore Firearms Rights: A full pardon will restore your right to possess a firearm and apply for a concealed or open carry license.
- Employment: Many professions require special licenses. A Pardon may allow you to become eligible for professional licensure.
- Voting & Jury Duty: You will be able to once again uphold civic duties such as voting and sitting on a jury.
- Liquor Licenses: In order to be eligible to get a liquor license, you must be pardoned of all felony convictions.
- Reduce Negative Stigma: A pardon will help you greatly reduce the stigma of your criminal record and move past your mistakes.
What is a Pardon?
A pardon is normally a sign of forgiveness from the State, and is granted in recognition of the applicant’s acceptance of responsibility for the crime and established good conduct for a period of time after conviction or incarceration. While a pardon will not clear a conviction from your criminal record, it will restore your civil rights such as the right to own a gun or vote. The pardon process is extensive and can take anywhere from six months to one year.
BEYOND A PARDON
Even if you are granted a pardon, your past criminal record may continue to affect you. However, a pardon can go a long way in assisting you in getting rid of the stigma of your criminal record and gaining employment. Under some circumstances, you are only eligible for an expungement after you have been granted a pardon. Consequently, a pardon is often a stepping-stone towards receiving an expungement and completely clearing your criminal record.
Am I eligible for a pardon?
1. You have been convicted of a crime.
2. You have no pending charges.
3. You are not currently incarcerated.
4. All sentences have ended, including supervision (some exceptions)
5. You have not applied for a Pardon within the past year.