If you recently got a pardon, you probably feel relieved and happy. This is exciting news and it can be the first step in a fresh start in life. The major benefit of receiving a pardon is that your criminal record will be erased. But, certain things must happen before you can receive the full benefits of a pardon. If you have just recently been granted a pardon, you still might have a lot of questions, particularly about what happens next and how long it will take. Perhaps the most commonly asked question is when will the offense get removed from your record. The truth of the matter is that this answer varies by state. If you have received a pardon in the state of Connecticut, read on for more information.
Deletion Of Erased Records
If you are a Connecticut resident and your pardon has been granted by the Board of Pardons, your pardon will begin to go into affect. According to state laws, “A pardon will automatically erase court records of the offense and prohibits employers from inquiring about the record.” This means that you will legally not have to disclose the crime or misdemeanor to employers now and in the future.
While there are some situations in which you won’t have to disclose your criminal history to a potential employer due to ban the box, the only sure fire way for this to happen is if you have a pardon and the criminal record is fully erased.
Once you get a pardon, your criminal record needs to get expunged from government databases, and this does not necessarily happen overnight. This process can take a while, so if people search for your criminal history for a certain period of time after your pardon is granted, it might still come up. The Board of Pardons will notify you when your criminal history leaves all databases. Sometimes, this process can take a few weeks or months.
In addition to this, if your sentence excluded you from owning firearms, then once pardoned you can own firearms once more legally. Any previous employers who have record of the offenses before you got pardoned cannot share that information with anybody else.
Getting Help With Your Fresh Start
If you have received a pardon for a crime or felony then chances are your erased record will be deleted quickly. If you have received a pardon then people cannot hold that crime against you legally anymore, especially not potential bosses in the work place. If you have more questions on pardons, feel free to contact me here. If you are at the beginning of the pardon process, feel free to reach out. I am happy to work with you to determine if you are a good candidate for a pardon. We can then work together on gathering your paperwork, filling out your application, and getting the pardon process started. I can also assist you with the virtual pardon hearing if you have to attend one. Contact my office today to learn more and set up your free consultation.