There are two main types of pardons that you can apply for in the state of Connecticut. If you are considering applying for a pardon, you might not be sure which pardon is right for you. Here, I will discuss these types of pardons in more depth. I will help you determine which pardon is right for you so that you can get the fresh start that you are looking for.
Types of Pardons
As you may know, there are two types of pardons. These are expungement pardons (commonly known as “absolute” pardons) and provisional pardons. An absolute pardon takes into account all of the crimes that you have committed. It completely erases all of your criminal convictions. On the other hand, a provisional pardon doesn’t erase your criminal record. Instead, a provisional pardon makes it illegal for an employer to turn you down for a job based on your criminal record.
Which Type of Pardon Should I Apply For?
Once you understand the differences between these two types of pardons, it is fairly easy to determine which one is right for you. If you have one or more convictions on your criminal record that you want to be fully erased from your criminal history, you should apply for an absolute pardon. But, keep in mind that your criminal history will only be erased if you are granted this pardon.
On the other hand, if you feel that you are eligible to work in every way, but you keep getting turned down solely because of your criminal history, applying for a provisional pardon might be more suitable for you. Keep in mind that the only way that this will help you is if you are having trouble finding a job. You will still have to tell people that you have a criminal history when asked.
The Application Process
Once you determine which type of pardon you will apply for, you are ready to begin the application process. Whether you are applying for an absolute pardon or a provisional pardon, the process is generally the same. You will have to submit documents such as your criminal history and fingerprints. Also, you must submit reference letters and other documents. These documents go to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. They will determine if your pardon will get granted or not. On another page, I will go more in depth about the application process and answer any questions you have related to that process. Check out the other pages in this section to learn more about the pardon application process.
Hopefully this page has helped you determine if you want to apply for an absolute pardon or a provisional pardon. If you still need help deciding, you can always contact me. I am happy to assist you in the pardon process, and would love to schedule a free consultation with you! We can go over your questions, review your application, and get you on track for having a pardon granted.