Unfortunately, not everyone will be lucky enough to have their application accepted on the first try. If you’re in this position, the good news is that you can reapply for a pardon in the future. For more information about what to do if you have been denied a pardon, read on.
Why Was Your Pardon Application Denied?
There are many different reasons why your pardon application might be denied. The first step that you should take is figuring out why your application was denied. By determining what went wrong the first time, you can fix this issue. This will increase your chances of getting a pardon if you choose to reapply. For example, your pardon might be denied because you are not eligible for a pardon. If this is the case, make sure that enough time has passed before you try to reapply.
In addition, you may not need a pardon in Connecticut for certain crimes. Under the new Connecticut laws, misdemeanors will automatically be expunged after seven years. Most felonies will be expunged from the criminal record after 10-12 years have passed. This happens automatically except for in the case of family violence crimes or sexual assault crimes. In these situations, you will have to apply for the pardon.
Having your pardon denied for a less obvious reason can make it more difficult for you to fix your application. However, it is still possible. The Board of Pardons might tell you that you were denied because you have not made a legitimate lifestyle change. Or, they might say that you didn’t have enough personal references. Another reason could result from not making an effort to help your community since the time of your conviction. If you receive feedback like this, you should spend some time trying to improve in the area that the Board of Pardons is concerned about.
How Long Do I Have To Wait Before I Can Reapply?
In most cases, you will have to wait one year from the day that you find out your pardon application was denied to reapply for a pardon. However, the Board of Pardons can specify a different waiting period for your particular situation at its discretion. If the Board of Pardons allows a shorter waiting period in your situation, it will send instructions with your letter of denial.
How Can I Improve My Chances Of Getting a Pardon When I Reapply?
There is no guarantee that you will be granted a pardon upon your initial application, nor are you guaranteed a pardon if you choose to reapply. However, there are things that you can do to increase your chances of getting a pardon the second time around. Think about the reasons why your pardon application was denied, and improve these aspects of your application. For example, if the Board told you that your personal references were not up to par, ask a few new people to write letters of recommendation for you.
For assistance improving your application, you should consider hiring a pardon lawyer. A pardon lawyer will know specific ways that you can improve your application and can make sure that you submit the best application possible. To discuss how to submit a better pardon application the second time around, you can contact me here. I’d love to set up a free consultation and discuss your situation.