Recently in Connecticut, the pardon process has been altered to include an expedited pardon option. This is convenient for pardon applicants because it could considerably speed up the pardon process and mean that they can receive an absolute pardon quickly and with less effort on their part. You can learn more about the expedited pardon here.
What is the Expedited Pardon?
An expedited pardon is a new option in the state of Connecticut for those seeking an absolute pardon. In certain situations, you may be eligible for the expedited pardon. First, you must be convicted of a non-violent offense. Second, there can’t be victim interest in your crime. Once you submit your regular pardon application, staff will review your application to determine if you are a good fit for the expedited pardon. There is no separate application for the expedited pardon; you just need to apply for a regular Connecticut pardon, and the staff will automatically review your application to see if you are a good fit for the expedited pardon. If they feel that you are not a good fit, you will continue with the regular pardon process.
The Expedited Review
If it is determined that you are a good fit, the staff can schedule you for an Expedited Review. One significant benefit of such an Expedited Review is that you won’t have to go through a pre-screen review or a pardon hearing. This is usually a big load off of the pardon applicant’s shoulders because you won’t have to prepare for a hearing or attend a virtual hearing. This will relieve a lot of the stress of applying for a pardon. You will really just be required to fill out and submit the application, and then the pardon will be granted. In this case, you can receive your absolute pardon without ever having to appear before the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
At an Expedited Review, which you do not need to attend, the Board of Pardons will review your application. They will then determine if they are going to grant the absolute pardon or not. If they grant the absolute pardon, you won’t have to do anything else, and you will receive a full pardon. Alternatively, the Board of Pardons may decide to continue your application. This means that you will have to go through the regular pardon process and attend a pardon hearing to determine if you will or won’t receive an absolute pardon. Alternatively, the Board of Pardons may decide to deny your application altogether. In this case, you will not receive an absolute pardon. At this point, you could look into re-applying for a pardon or look into applying for a different type of pardon or expungement.
Help With the Pardon Process
Whether you are eligible for an expedited pardon or not, it is a good idea to consult with a pardon attorney if you want to apply for a pardon. Our lawyers can ensure that you fill out the pardon application thoroughly and properly. If you do need to attend a pardon hearing, we can help with this process as well. We can give you tips on attending a virtual hearing and support you every step of the way. For more information, reach out to our office. We are happy to help!