If you are applying for a pardon, the hope is that it will be granted, and this will give you a fresh start in life. But unfortunately, there is a chance it could get denied. It is important to understand why pardons are denied in order to increase your chances of being granted a pardon. If you know why pardon applications are denied in Connecticut, you can avoid some of the common application pitfalls. Even if it means waiting longer to send in your application, it could also means that you only have to go through the application process once. Here are a few major reasons a pardon could get denied.
When submitting a pardon application, it is important to include every piece of information that you need. The Board will not accept any applications that are missing information. Things like a missing reference letter, missing criminal history, or missing documents could easily get your pardon application denied. If you hire a lawyer, this is something that you do not have to worry about. Lawyers are familiar with the application and will ensure that it is complete before it is sent in.
Objecting to Victims
If you are approved for a hearing, your victim(s) have the right to attend the hearing and can make a statement. The Board of Pardons takes the victims’ opinions and statements into consideration when deciding whether or not to grant you a pardon. If your victim(s) object or express that they are still suffering from the incident, you are less likely to be granted a pardon. However, victim reaction is not the only factor that the Board of Pardons will take into consideration when it comes to a pardon application.
Seriousness of the Offense
The seriousness of the offense also affects the decision from the Board of Pardons. For example, someone is more likely to be granted a pardon for a minor shoplifting case rather than a serious assault case. This does not mean that you shouldn’t try to get a pardon if your offense is more serious. Technically, all types of crimes can be pardoned in Connecticut, but some are pardoned more frequently than others. The crimes which do not garner automatic expungements in Connecticut are family violence crimes and sexual assault crimes.
Lack of Remorse
If you fail to show remorse for your actions, there is a good chance that the Board of Pardons will not grant you a pardon. The Board of Pardons is looking for a person who has turned their life around since the time of their criminal activity. That is who they consider to be a good pardon applicant. It is important to show the Board that you have learned from your mistakes and that you would not commit this crime again.
Avoid Pardon Denials with a Connecticut Attorney
If you are trying to apply for a pardon in Connecticut and want to hire an attorney, contact us for a free consultation. You can call us or email us. We are happy to help you through the application process and assist you with the pardon hearing. We are also here to answer your questions and help you feel confident as you go through this experience.