Pardons & Erasures

Clearing Your Connecticut Criminal Conviction Record So Your Past Won't Haunt Your Future.

If you are reading this page, you or someone you care about probably has a Connecticut criminal conviction record that you would like to have expunged or cleared. If so, The Law Office of Jerome Paun can help.

Criminal conviction records, including misdemeanor convictions but especially felony convictions, will hinder you for the rest of your life. A criminal conviction record can prevent you from getting a new job or a promotion to a better job. It may stop you from going on to higher education or getting a professional or trade license that would improve your employment. It may make it harder, if not impossible, for you to get a lower interest rate student loan through the government to advance your education or a loan from a bank for some other purpose like a mortgage. It may interfere with your ability to move into a better place for you and your family to live. A criminal conviction record can cripple you for your lifetime. But it doesn't have to be that way and The Law Office of Jerome Paun can help you!

Please contact the Law Office of Jerome Paun today. We can evaluate your case and explain to you what could be done to get a pardon or erasure of your Connecticut criminal conviction record.

Pardons and Erasures

What's an erasure, a/k/a expungement, of criminal records?

Technically, there is no legal procedure known as "expungement" of criminal records in the state of Connecticut. There is, however, a process called "erasure of criminal records." An erasure of criminal records results in the physical destruction of all records of a crime.

If your entire criminal record has been erased, you may lawfully swear under oath that you have never been arrested for and/or convicted of your erased crimes in Connecticut.

In Connecticut we have two legal procedures to stop criminal conviction records from hurting you in the future: pardon petitions and erasure motions. Both procedures result in the erasure of Connecticut criminal conviction records but a motion for erasure may not clear your entire Connecticut conviction record while an absolute pardon would.

What's the difference between a pardon petition and an erasure motion?

Pardon petitions, are filed with and decided by the Board of Pardons. Though much more complicated, time consuming, and difficult than erasure motions, pardons are more applicable to most people because they are not limited to certain specific requirements of erasure motions. Pardon petitions apply to all Connecticut criminal convictions. If you are granted an absolute pardon, your entire Connecticut criminal conviction record will be erased or cleared. If you are only granted a provisional pardon, your Connecticut criminal record is not erased but cannot be held against you to stop you from getting certain licenses or jobs.

Motions for erasure of criminal records are filed in and decided by the court in which you were convicted. They are only available under very specific and limited circumstances that do not apply to most people who want to expunge or clear their entire Connecticut criminal conviction record. Nevertheless, under the right circumstances a motion for erasure of criminal records may be all you need to clear your Connecticut criminal conviction record.

For more detailed explanations of the different kinds of pardons and erasure motions that may be helpful to expunge your Connecticut criminal conviction record, please click here for pardons and here for erasures.

Helping You Expunge Your Criminal Record in Willimantic

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for a pardon or erasure of criminal records in Connecticut, please contact the Law Office of Jerome Paun today. We can evaluate your case and explain to you what could be done to get a pardon or erasure of your Connecticut criminal conviction record.