Your pardon hearing will be the last step in your pardon application process if you want a pardon for a crime that is not automatically pardoned in Connecticut. The pardon hearing can make or break your chances of getting a pardon, depending on how you act. To help you prepare for your pardon hearing, I have compiled a list of things to do. The pardon hearing in Connecticut is now held through video conference, but you should still prepare for your virtual hearing properly so that you can impress the Board of Pardons. This page explains a few things that you can do to ensure that you make a good impression on the Board of Pardons. Use these tips to prepare for your pardon hearing.
Arrive Before The Pardon Hearing
Even though pardon hearings now take place virtually, you should still take them seriously. Arrive for your video conference early so that you don’t keep the Board of Pardons waiting! Signing on to the video chat in a timely manner will show the Board that you take your hearing and your pardon application seriously.
I talked about how to dress for your pardon hearing on another page on the website. Make sure that you are dressed formally for the occasion, as this will show the Board of Pardons that you take your pardon and the pardon process seriously.
Address the Board Respectfully
You should never be rude when talking to the Board of Pardons or anyone else present during your pardon hearing. Always address individuals as “sir” or “ma’am,” and speak in a calm, respectful tone. Even if you become frustrated by certain questions, or victim testimony, you should not raise your voice or become visibly angry. This will only reflect poorly on you. You should also refrain from speaking out of turn or cutting someone else off to say what you want to say. Always wait until someone else is finished talking before adding your two cents. Another way to act respectfully is to refrain from making jokes. Even if you are just trying to lighten the mood because you are nervous, using sarcasm or making jokes will not be viewed positively by the Board of Pardons.
Show That You are Interested in the Hearing
There will be times when you are not speaking or being spoken to during your pardon hearing. It is important to appear engaged in the hearing, even at these times. You should never become engaged in another activity, such as using your phone or computer, reading a book, or falling asleep. You should remain an active presence in the hearing to show the Board of Pardons that you care about the hearing and that you are truly invested in obtaining a pardon.
Getting Your Pardon
These are some of my top tips for how to act during your pardon hearing. If you follow these tips, you can increase your chances of making a good impression on the Board of Pardons and obtaining a pardon. For assistance preparing for your pardon hearing, please feel free to contact me. I am happy to answer your questions and assist you with this process.