The Law Office of Jerome Paun can help you obtain a pardon for your Connecticut criminal convictions.
Criminal records, especially felony convictions, can have a seriously negative impact on your ability to obtain many jobs and may prevent you from other opportunities such as renting an apartment, obtaining a fishing license, applying for a student loan and traveling internationally.
You can ask the Connecticut Board of Pardons to pardon your conviction through a pardon application. Learn more by reading the information we have provided below. Then, contact the Law Office of Jerome Paun to discuss whether you can erase your criminal record through a criminal pardon. Our Connecticut pardons lawyer has 35 years of experience protecting clients against the lifetime consequences of criminal convictions.
How do I apply for a pardon?
Your properly completed written pardon application and supporting documentation must be filed with the Connecticut Board of Pardons.
The Board of Pardons has exclusive jurisdiction in Connecticut to grant or deny absolute and provisional pardons at its sole discretion. If your pardon application is denied, there is no appeal to a court or higher authority. If you are denied, your only recourse is to wait at least another year and then re-apply.
Do I need an attorney to represent me?
While not required, an experienced pardon attorney, like Jerome Paun, can ensure your pardon application meets all requirements and your supporting documents are presented in an effective manner.
Our experienced staff will guide you through the process of completing your pardon application, and we will properly file it in a timely fashion. If you are granted a hearing, pardon attorney Jerome Paun will be your advocate at the hearing. The Board of Pardons will also want to hear from you. We will prepare you to tell your story and answer questions that the Board of Pardons may ask you at the hearing.
What crimes and offenses can be pardoned?
The Board of Pardons has authority to pardon any crimes and offenses committed against the state. This includes: felonies, misdemeanors, and violations for which a term of imprisonment may be imposed.
When may I apply for a pardon?
This depends on a number of factors. You must first decide whether you want an absolute pardon or a provisional pardon:
- Absolute pardons for felony crimes: If you want an absolute pardon and you were convicted of a felony, you must wait until five years after the date you were convicted and sentenced before you may file your pardon application.
- Absolute pardons for misdemeanor crimes: If you want an absolute pardon and you were convicted of a misdemeanor or a violation for which a term of imprisonment may be imposed, you must wait until three years after the date you were convicted and sentenced before you may file your pardon application.
- Provisional pardons: If you want a provisional pardon, you do not have to wait. You may file your application for a provisional pardon immediately after your conviction and sentencing.
What is the difference between absolute and provisional pardons?
If you are granted an absolute pardon, the Board of Pardons gives you an unconditional pardon certificate and, more importantly, your criminal arrest and conviction records are erased from public view.
You are free to say you have never been arrested or convicted of a crime or offense in Connecticut and you are entitled to not disclose your pardoned criminal arrest and conviction record to employers or anyone else.
If you are granted a provisional pardon, the Board of Pardons gives you a provisional pardon certificate. A provisional pardon is intended to remove barriers that might otherwise make you ineligible for or disqualify you from employment or a license, permit or certificate required to be issued by the state for you to pursue, practice, or engage in an occupation, trade, vocation, profession or business without due consideration of whether your criminal conviction bears a direct relationship to such employment or license.
A provisional pardon does not erase your criminal record from public view and you will not be relieved of having to disclose your criminal conviction record if you are required to disclose it.
What happens after my pardon application has been filed?
After it has been filed, your written application and supporting documents are "prescreened" by the Board of Pardons to determine if you will be granted or denied a pardon without a hearing, or granted a hearing before the Board of Pardons.
If your written application with supporting documents is not submitted exactly the right way, the Board of Pardons may deny your application without giving you a hearing. If it is done properly and the Board of Pardons finds your written application and supporting documents sufficient, it may grant you a pardon without a hearing.
If you are not granted or denied a pardon after "prescreening," you will be granted a hearing. You must appear before the Board of Pardons on the assigned date to present your case and convince the Board of Pardons to grant your pardon application. Hearings are held throughout the year at various courthouses around the state. Once your pardon application is filed, it may take six months or more for the Board of Pardons to grant or deny you a hearing. If granted, the hearing will usually occur about a month later.
If you are granted a hearing, the Law Office of Jerome Paun will prepare you to present your best case to the Board of Pardons at the hearing to maximize your chance of getting a pardon. We will be with you at each step of your pardon application to guide you along the way.
What are the chances of being granted a pardon?
According to Board of Pardons statistics, it received 835 pardon applications in 2008. Of those, 32 provisional pardons (about 4 percent) were granted without hearing; 467 pardons (about 56 percent) were granted after hearing; 304 pardon applications (about 36 percent) were denied without hearing; and 32 (about 4 percent) were denied after hearing.
A total of 60 percent of all pardon applications were granted while 40 percent were denied. What is especially noteworthy about these statistics is the fact that if you are granted a hearing, your chances of getting a pardon improve dramatically. Of the 499 applications that went to hearing, 467 (about 94 percent) were granted and only 32 (about 6 percent) were denied.
How long does the pardon process take?
It takes anywhere from several weeks to several months to collect all of the required documentation and complete your written application for filing with the Board of Pardons.
Pardon applications with supporting documentation must be completed and properly filed three months before the hearing at which your application will be heard. Several weeks before the hearing, you will receive notice from the Board of Pardons informing you that you were granted a hearing. Denial of hearing letters are generally received sooner.
After the hearing, you again will receive notice from the Board of Pardons telling you if your pardon application was granted or denied. It takes an additional eight to nine months to erase all of your criminal records from public view and you will not receive your official pardon certificate until that has been accomplished.
Once you have received your pardon certificate but not before, you may truthfully say that you have never been convicted of a crime in Connecticut.
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