In my last article, I talked about some of the long standing consequences that you face if you got convicted of a Connecticut DUI. If you find that your DUI is seriously impacting your life, even years after your conviction, you should consider applying for a pardon. A pardon can help you move on from this experience and get on with your life. You can learn more about the pardon in this article.
What is a Pardon?
After a certain amount of time passes, convicted criminals have the opportunity to apply for a pardon. This is true for those convicted of DUI as well as those convicted of other crimes. A pardon can help you because it will erase your criminal history. This means that when people ask if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, you can say, “no”. Your DUI will basically get erased and your criminal history will be clean. This can be very useful when talking to potential employers, schools you want to apply to, or colleagues. If those people look up your criminal history, they will see that you have not been arrested.
Why Apply for a Pardon?
Some people wonder if applying for a pardon will really be worth it. You will have to spend some time and money to apply for a pardon, and not everyone who applies has a pardon granted for them. But, a pardon can help you a lot. After a DUI conviction, you have to disclose your criminal history to potential employers, to the military, and to schools that you want to apply to. This can make it difficult for you to fulfill your goals or even to simply work. A pardon gives you the second chance that you deserve. You will get a clean slate. This can help you make a living, further your education, and feel confident in yourself.
Types of Pardons
There are two main types of pardons that you can consider applying for. The first is an expungement pardon and the second is the provisional pardon. An expungement pardon erases your entire criminal history. If you get this type of pardon, you can say you have never been arrested when asked. This is because your criminal record will be erased. A provisional pardon differs in that it only expresses to employers that you are employable, despite your conviction. You can use the provisional pardon to try to get a job. Most people apply for expungement or full pardons. These types of pardons allow more opportunities if you can get one.
Pardon eligibility is linked to time. For an expungement pardon, you become eligible five years after the date of conviction of any felonies you committed. If you have been convicted of any misdemeanors, you can apply for an expungement pardon three years from the date of your conviction. Another eligibility requirement is that you cannot be on parole or probation when you apply for a pardon. You also can’t have a nolle in the past thirteen months.
Another factor to consider is a prison sentence. If you have a prison sentence, you have to serve at least half before you can apply for an expungement pardon. If you are just applying for a provisional pardon, you can apply any time after your conviction.
Just because you meet the requirements for a pardon application does not mean that one will be granted to you. Some people are more suitable for pardons than others. This will depend on what you have done with your life after conviction. It is important to discuss your particular situation with a pardons lawyer. A pardons lawyer can also help you increase your suitability for a pardon if you are not currently a good candidate.
If you think that a pardon will help you after getting a DUI conviction, please contact my office. I can put you in touch with a pardons lawyer who can assist you with your process and answer your questions.