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March 11, 2010

What is a Pardon?

What is Pardon?

Webster’s Dictionary defines a pardon as the “release from the legal penalties of an offense.” State offenses may be pardoned by the governor, while those convicted of a federal crime or military court martial must seek a presidential pardon. Generally, an expungement or sealing of a record through the county courthouse will be sought first, but due to eligibility constraints a pardon is often the only option for more serious convictions. In fact in some states, the expungement of any criminal records is not even an option.

For those with a serious criminal offense on their record, obtaining a pardon is an integral part of restoring one’s rights and moving forward in life. In many cases a pardon will lift licensing restrictions that could bar access to a wide variety of occupations such as teaching, nursing or real-estate. The regaining of firearm rights in the event one is attempting to gain employment as a Security Guard, may require more than just receiving a pardon. The restoration of firearm rights requirements and eligibility vary significantly from state to state. Forgiveness of your charges is often necessary to regain your voting privileges, as well as your ability to run for public office. A pardon can restore these rights so you may pursue options previously unavailable.

The various factors determining eligibility differ widely from state to state and with federal or military convictions. For example, California requires a wait of ten years after the completion of your sentence, including parole, before you are eligible to apply. That is unless you obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation, in which you would be viewed as rehabilitated by the state and automatically considered for a pardon. However, anyone convicted of two or more felonies must be recommended to the Governor by the California Supreme Court before being accepted for a decision.

In Maryland if you are convicted for a crime of violence, the waiting period is twenty years; but in Illinois you can apply right after your conviction. There are many more details to the eligibility, but these examples serve to demonstrate how the eligibility can vary dependent upon the state.

This free check will help you determine your expungement, sealing, or pardon eligibility. Simply having the knowledge that you have been forgiven of your criminal past, will gain back not only your confidence; but may also earn back lost rights which can make all the difference in future endeavors. Gets Your Life Back Sooner with Automated Expungement Forms

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March 9, 2010

Top 10 Reasons for Criminal Record Expungement

Top 10 Reason

If you’re one of the millions of Americans with a criminal record, you’ve likely experienced a few hardships as a result. There are countless difficulties that can arise if your background isn’t spotless and most of those affected have yet to realize the scale of their disabilities. Below are the top ten reasons to apply for expungement of your criminal record. Expungement can relieve the burden and restore hope that has faded with the “life sentence” that can come with mistakes made long ago.

1. Employment

• Employers often deny jobs to applicants with a criminal record.
• Some states even allow employers to terminate current employees if they are found to have had a conviction

2. Education

• The Higher Education Act of 1998 makes students convicted of drug related offenses ineligible for any grant, loan or work assistance.
• Having a criminal record may prevent you from attending the college of your choice or disqualify you from certain graduate programs

3. Housing

• Private landlords can legally deny housing to someone with convictions.

4. Loans

• Having a criminal record may make you ineligible for a loan or result in higher interest rates
• Certain offenses can eliminate the possibility of a student receiving financial aid

5. Licensing & Certifications

• Convictions can prevent you from obtaining state licenses and certifications
• Over half the states in the U.S. have no standards governing the relevance of an applicant’s conviction records for occupational licenses

6. Insurance Rates

• High insurance premiums may result if a criminal record is found
• Specific offenses may deem you “uninsurable” or “high risk”

7. Firearm Rights

• Hunting rights may be limited to archery or muzzleloaders
• Convictions can greatly restrict gun ownership

8. Federal Assistance

• Several states ban people with convictions from being eligible for federally funded public assistance and food stamps.
• Many public housing authorities deny eligibility for federally assisted housing based on an arrest that never led to a conviction

9. Adoption

• Fifteen states ban people with a criminal record from becoming an adoptive or foster parent.

10. Volunteering

• Nearly all volunteer positions involving youth require a clean criminal history

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Top 10 Reasons

  • 1. Employment
  • 2. Education
  • 3. Housing
  • 4. Loans
  • 5. Licensing
  • 6. Insurance
  • 7. Firearm Rights
  • 8. Federal Assistance
  • 9. Adoption
  • 10. Volunteering