As you may have realized, you can get pardoned by a Board of Pardons at different levels. You can get pardoned at the state level, or the President of the United States at a federal level. In the next few weeks, I am going to focus on topics related to the presidential pardon. On this page, I want to focus on the role of the Pardon Attorney in granting and denying presidential pardons. If you are applying for a presidential pardon in Connecticut, understand how the Pardon Attorney will impact your application. Read on to learn more about clemency, the pardon attorney, and the presidential pardon process.
Who Is The Pardon Attorney?
The Pardon Attorney is a person who helps the President of the United States in granting or denying executive clemency. He or she works for the Department of Justice. This is the department that has been responsible for assisting the President with pardon cases for over 100 years. All applications for pardons and clemency for federal offenses must go to this attorney. The Pardon Attorney and his or her office will then review each application and investigate each situation. This attorney will then make a recommendation on behalf of the Department of Justice. At this point, the application is sent to the President for the final decision.
The Pardon Attorney will receive each application for commutation of sentence, pardon, reprieve, and remission of fine/restitution. This attorney is also responsible for preparing all of the documents that the President has to sign when granting a pardon or another form of clemency. If you apply for a presidential pardon, whether denied or granted the pardon, you will get notified of the President’s decision by the Pardon Attorney. The Deputy Attorney General is also involved in the process of clemency recommendations to the President. Once this attorney prepares the Department of Justice’s recommendation, the Deputy Attorney General will sign the recommendation, uniting the Department in the decision.
Presidential pardons are granted for federal felony convictions. The President does not have the power to grant pardons for state offenses. If you have committed a state offense, you should apply for a pardon with the Board of Pardons in your state. Learn more about applying for a Connecticut pardon by contacting our office. We are happy to guide you through that process and assist with your application.
Working with an Attorney on a Presidential Pardon
As you can see, many more clemency applications are denied than granted. It can also be difficult to obtain a presidential pardon. In order to improve your chances of having a pardon granted, you should seek the assistance of a pardon lawyer to help you establish your pardon application. You should find a lawyer who has worked with the presidential pardon process before if this is something that you want to apply for. To discuss your application with me, give me a call. We can go over your application and make sure that you are a good candidate. I can also provide the resources that you need to present a strong presidential pardon application.