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The Clemency Application Process

If you have a conviction on your record and think you may be entitled to forgiveness for the offense, you may wish to explore applying for clemency. Clemency is forgiveness for your criminal offense and may take a number of different forms, but the type of clemency you will most likely be applying for is a pardon. If you have committed a federal crime you will have to petition the president for a pardon. Applying to the governor or state parole or clemency board for a pardon (depending on the state) is the course of action for a state crime. Although state clemency applications may vary from state-to-state and may be slightly different from federal clemency applications, most of the basics are quite similar.

Applying for Federal Clemency

To apply for a presidential pardon, one must first wait five years from the time your sentence is completed. You must then contact the federal government for a pardon application. With this application, you will need to draft a letter explaining why you think you are entitled to clemency. You will also need to produce a clean criminal record moving forward from the time of the conviction and a document explaining why it is in the public interest and your own interest to receive clemency. Additionally, you will be required to produce three letters of recommendation from character references who are not part of your immediate family.

Applying for State Clemency

Applying for state clemency will usually be a similar procedure. It may differ in the amount of time you need to wait before applying for clemency and in the body that you make your petition to. You may also need to complete additional steps, such as filling out and receiving approval on a certificate of eligibility to apply for clemency.

Applying for Clemency in General

The above is not a comprehensive list of what you will need for a successful clemency application. It is simply intended to give you an idea of what you can expect. To be sure that you completely and correctly fill out your clemency application, you should contact a service like collects all the necessary forms and information for the specific state and offense for which you are applying for clemency and provides it for you, along with instructions on how to fill it out and where to send it. This still does not guarantee that you will receive clemency, but it does greatly reduce the chance that you will make some kind of mistake that invalidates your petition.

More About Conviction Relief doesn't only help with pardons, either. They can help you get expungement or have your records sealed if you are eligible. These can be highly beneficial options because if successful, they allow you to deny that the conviction ever existed, and general entities cannot access any criminal record connected with you. To get started on your quest for conviction relief is extremely easy. All you have to do is go to, set up an account and take the free eligibility check. After that you'll be on your way to a chance at a conviction-free life.

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