If you have a criminal record, you might be thinking about applying for a pardon. But, there can be a lot of obstacles to the pardon process that could be cause for hesitation on your part. One particular obstacle that you might not be sure how to overcome is living out-of-state. If you were convicted of a crime in the state of Connecticut, but you have since moved or never lived in the state of Connecticut, you might not know how this will affect your situation.
That’s where our office can help! On this page, I will answer some common questions that out-of-state residents have if they want to apply for a Connecticut pardon. I will also explain how our office can make this process easier for you.
Are You Eligible?
If you want to apply for a pardon in Connecticut, but you do not live in the state, you might wonder if you are even eligible. If you were convicted of a crime in Connecticut, you can apply for a pardon, regardless of where you currently live. However, you need to make sure that you fulfill Connecticut’s eligibility requirements.
In order to be eligible for an expungement pardon, you have to wait 3-5 years after the time of your conviction, depending on the type of crime you were charged with. You will be eligible after five years if you faced a felony charge. In addition, you will only be eligible if you are off of probation or parole. You also can’t have any nolled convictions in the past thirteen months. Alternatively, if you want to apply for a provisional pardon, you are eligible any time after your conviction.
The Pardon Process
The pardon process can be tedious, especially if you are going through it on your own. You will have to provide many personal documents, including:
- A copy of your driver’s license
- Copies of school records and diplomas
- A current resume
- A W2 form from the previous year
- Copies of your current pay stubs
- Counseling records
- Police reports
These documents must be submitted to the Board of Pardons, along with reference letters and any other pertinent information. The Board will then review your application. At this point, the Board will deny your application or they will offer you a pardon hearing in which you can further state your case for a pardon. Luckily, the pardon hearings are now virtual so you will not have to travel to Connecticut to attend your hearing.
How We Help
The pardon process can seem daunting, whether you live in Connecticut or not. It is much easier to go through the process with someone by your side. That is where we come in! We can work with you to make this process as easy as possible. We can handle much of your paperwork for you, so that you do not have to worry about it. For example, we can collect police records and file paperwork on your behalf. This means that you will not have to come to Connecticut for your pardon unless you are granted a pardon hearing. It is important that you attend your pardon hearing. The good news for you is that the Connecticut pardon hearings are now held online, so you will not even have to travel to Connecticut to handle your pardon. We can take care of everything here for you! To learn more about how we can help, give us a call.