10 Most Important Things to Know
1. An Expungement pardon erases your criminal record and is considered an absolute pardon while a provisional pardon only makes it illegal for employers not to hire you based solely on your criminal record.
2. To be eligible for an Expungement pardon, you must wait three years after the date of a misdemeanor conviction and five years after the date of a felony conviction.
3. You do not have to wait any amount of time after conviction in order to apply for a Provisional pardon.
4. You cannot be on probation if you wish to apply for a pardon.
5. The Board of Pardons and Paroles judges all pardon applications and has absolute power in deciding who receives a pardon.
6. You can receive a full or partial pardon. If you receive a full, Expungement pardon, you can legally say that you have never been arrested and have never been committed of a crime because you will have no criminal history.
7. Victims are allowed to testify at your hearing.
8. You are responsible for presenting all past convicted crimes to the Board, even if they are not on your criminal history sheet.
9. What you have done since the time of your conviction is a large influence in the decision of whether you will be pardoned or not.
10. The pardoning process can take up to a year to complete, so the sooner you apply, the better.