A criminal conviction does not have to follow you for the rest of your life. Apply for a pardon and put the past in the past.
Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone deserves another chance. This is what a pardon can do for those convicted of crimes. When a pardon is granted, it erases a person’s criminal history, which can be useful when that person applies for jobs and moves on with his or her life.
All applications for pardons (also known as expungements) go to the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
The Board consists of twenty members appointed by the Governor and has the authority to grant both partial and full pardons for any offense against the state under § 54-124a. Board of Pardons and Paroles. The Governor cannot grant pardons – that job is left solely to the Board. If you are denied, the Board is obligated to give a written statement describing why you have been rejected. Here at Ruane Attorneys, we have dedicated one of our Attorneys for this process,
The Board must allow crime victims to testify at a session where the board will consider granting a pardon, reducing a prisoner’s sentence, or releasing him. The victim of an offender’s crime may make statements regarding release, sentence reduction, or pardon. The statements may be presented orally or in writing and must be made a part of the record.