In order to apply for a provisional or a full pardon, you must fill out a pardon application form. Some of my clients find that this form is overwhelming, as it has 13 different sections. Some sections are easy to fill out, but others are more complicated. On this page, I will begin explain how to fill out this form correctly so that you have a good chance of being granted a pardon. For more information on the pardon application, read on.
Section 1: Personal Information
The first section of the pardon application focuses on your personal information. You should be able to fill out this section without much trouble. The form asks you to provide information such as your:
- Full name.
- Which pardon you are applying for (provisional or full).
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Social security number.
- Phone number.
- Email address.
- Driver’s license information.
This section should be fairly easy to fill out because you will just have to provide your basic information. This is all information that you should have or know.
Section 2: Family Information
The second section of the pardon application asks for information about your family members and living situation. You will need to answer questions such as:
- List the members of your family by name, age, and relationship to you.
- How long have you been living at your current address?
- What is your current marital status?
- What is your current spouse’s personal information (such as name, phone number, and address)?
- How many children do you have?
- If applicable, are you current on your court ordered child support?
- Explain your reasons to fail to pay your child support.
Again, these are fairly straightforward questions that you should not have difficulty answering on your own. However, if you have any questions, you might want to seek the help of a pardon lawyer.
Section 3: Other Names
This brief section asks you to list and explain any other names that you might be called by. This includes nicknames, aliases, your maiden name, a former married name, etc.
Section 4: Previous Application History
The Board of Pardons and Paroles is interested in knowing if this is your first pardon application, or if you have applied in the past. You will have to explain if you have applied for a pardon in the past or not, and if you did, you must list when you applied and why your application was denied.
Section 5: Citizenship Information
The pardon application will ask if you are a citizen of the United States, and if not, what other country you are a citizen of, in this section.
Section 6: Pistol Permit Restoration
If you are seeking a pistol permit restoration, you should list this fact in this section. If you would like restoration of this permit, you need to explain why in this section.
Section 7: Educational Background
The Board of Pardons and Paroles is interested in how well rounded each pardon applicant is. For this reason, they ask for your education information on the pardon application form. In this section, you will have to explain the highest grade that you have completed, as well as any other special training or education that you have received or are currently attending. You should list the:
- Name of each school you have attended.
- The dates attended.
- The degree you received.
- Any notable honors that you achieved.
In addition, you should attach a copy of your transcripts, certificates, and diplomas to your application. Obtaining these documents can be made easier with the help of a pardon attorney.
Section 8: Military Record
The eighth section of the pardon application asks about your history with the military. You need to answer questions such as:
- Were you ever in any branch of the United States Armed Forces?
- If so, which one?
- What was your date of entry?
- What was your date of discharge?
- Have you served in the National Guard?
- What type of discharge did you receive?
- What was your rank at the time of your discharge?
You should also attach a copy of your military ID or your separation papers to the application form.
Section 9: Criminal History
Section 9 asks about your criminal history. You must explain if you have ever been incarcerated in Connecticut as well as your inmate number (if known). You also need to list any pending charges against you, whether they are state or federal. If you have any pending crimes, list:
In this section, you will also have to list all of your convictions, starting with the most recent, and working backwards. Please provide your docket number, your disposition date, and your sentence. You should also explain why, how, and when each of the offenses were committed. If you have violated probation or parole, you should also list and explain this here. This is your opportunity to explain your past convictions, why they occurred, and how you have handled them.
Section 9 also asks you to list the names, ages and contact addresses of any victims associated with your charges. You are also asked to explain any convictions in states outside of Connecticut, and how long you have been crime free.
Section 9 is really the heart of your pardon application. This is the section that you should give the most attention to.
Section 10: Employment History
It is important to establish an employment history with the Board of Pardons and Paroles if you are applying for a pardon. In this section, you should list your last three employers. Be sure to begin with your most recent employer and working backwards. You should list dates for any periods of unemployment. Provide a W-2 form or a pay stub to prove your current employment. You will also have to provide information such as:
- Your title.
- The company you work for.
- What type of business this is.
- The title and name of your immediate supervisor.
- The department you have been assigned to.
- Your business phone number.
- Employment dates.
- Hours worked per week.
- Business address.
- Your reason for leaving the job if you have done so.
- If the Board of Pardons may contact this employer.
- Employment desired.
Section 11: Substance Abuse and Treatment Information
If you have experienced issues with drugs or alcohol in the past, you need to reveal this information to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. This section of the form asks if you have ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol. It also asks if you have ever abused these substances. If the answer is yes, you will have the opportunity to explain this issue.
You will also have to inform the Board if you have ever used a treatment program, counseling, or a rehabilitative program for drug or alcohol abuse. Again, you will have an opportunity on the application to explain your answer.
The application also asks you to list other types of treatment that you have participated in.
Section 12: Volunteer, Charitable, and Community Activities
You can list the organizations that you have volunteered with or ones that you currently volunteer with. This information will help the Board understand what contributions you have made to society since your arrest. You should also list the contact information of a person at each organization that can be contacted to confirm your volunteering.
Section 13: Purpose of Application
In this section, you are asked to give your reasons for your pardon application, and to explain how you have changed since the time of your arrest. Along with Section 9, this section will ask you to be the most creative and persuasive in your argument for having a pardon granted. Many of our clients ask for help with this section. This because it is not simply filling out information. You will have to make an argument in this section to support your application.
At the end of the pardon application, you need to explain if you were assisted by anyone in filling out the pardon application. If you were, you need to list that person or organization’s contact information.
For assistance filling out your pardon application, please contact my office. You can access the pardon application form here.