If you’ve been reading our website, you probably want to start the pardon application process. You probably have many questions. One question that you might have is if you should hire a pardons lawyer to help you or if you should go it alone. This is a personal choice. But, on this page, I want to discuss what a pardons lawyer does. Also I want to discuss the pros and cons of hiring one. Ultimately, hiring a lawyer is a personal decision, but hopefully this page can help you make an informed decision.
Pardons Lawyer vs. Civil or Criminal Lawyer
Hiring a lawyer to help you with a pardon is different than hiring a lawyer to defend you in court. This is because in a pardon case, you won’t be found guilty or not guilty. A lot of the time, the stakes are higher in a civil or criminal case than in a pardon case. This is because if you are found guilty, you could face a conviction, jail time, large fines, and other penalties. When so much is on the line, you might feel it necessary to build the best defense for yourself possible. In many cases, this means hiring an experienced lawyer.
On the other hand, you might feel that the stakes are lower when applying for a pardon. You do not face penalties if you are not granted a pardon. You simply won’t be able to have your criminal history erased. While this can have negative effects on your life (ability to find a job, get into certain schools, etc.), you can always reapply and you don’t face a punishment like jail time or a fine. For this reason, more people feel that they don’t need to hire a lawyer to help them with a pardon.
Pros and Cons of Hiring a Pardons Lawyer
As I stated above, a lot of people feel that they don’t need to hire a lawyer when applying for a pardon. Less is on the line than if you have to defend yourself in court. For this reason, a con of hiring a pardons lawyer is spending money on a lawyer if you don’t feel that it is truly necessary. However, there are still many pros involved in hiring a pardons lawyer.
For you, getting a pardon might not be something to take lightly. It could change the course of your life, and it might be something that you feel you really need. If this is the case, you want to be as prepared for your hearing as possible. A pardons lawyer can help you do this. Hiring a pardons lawyer might mean spending some money, but it also means saving yourself a lot of stress, confusion, and worry about the pardon process. Your lawyer will be there to answer any questions that you have and help you feel confident in your application.
Hiring a lawyer also means that you know your application will be complete when it is sent in, because a lawyer will be more familiar with all of the requirements than you are. In addition, your lawyer can take care of tracking down documents for you, so that you don’t have to deal with the stress of doing so.
The bottom line is that a pardons lawyer is experienced with pardon applications. Also, they can therefore give you the advice and assistance that could make the difference in your petition. Basically, you have to decide if you are willing to spend more time or money on your application. If you are willing to spend time on the application, there are a lot of free resources online that can give you information about pardons. However, if you want peace of mind and are willing to spend some money to make sure that you submit the best application you can, hiring a pardons lawyer is in your best interest. If you would like to discuss your personal situation more, please contact me.