A criminal charge or conviction on someone’s record can impact nearly every aspect of their life. Even a minor charge, such as a DUI or a drug charge could inhibit someone’s ability to choose where they want to live or work. And it is not easy to escape the stigma of that charge, even after someone serves their sentence.
In some cases, individuals have the option to apply for a pardon that could help erase that stigma. However, there are certain factors that make someone eligible for a pardon.
Only the governor has the authority to pardon someone. And this pardon forgives the individual of the charges or convictions against them. In some cases, it might expunge their record completely and even restore the rights they had before the conviction, such as their right to vote.
For many, a pardon can provide them with a second chance at their future.
However, before applying for a pardon, individuals must ensure they meet the requirements. These requirements include:
These three conditions are necessary to apply for a pardon. The governor may also include certain conditions in the pardon that the individual must adhere to.
Since a pardon essentially forgives someone of a conviction, it can often be difficult to obtain one. Individuals must provide clear evidence that they meet these qualifications, but even then, their future might be uncertain. It is often helpful for individuals seeking a pardon to speak with an experienced defense attorney to guide them through the process.