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Direct Applications for Pardon

Clearing up a California criminal record can help remove roadblocks to employment, housing, and education, and bring enormous peace of mind. There are many ways to clear up a criminal conviction through the process of post-conviction relief, including expungement, certificates of rehabilitation, and a direct application for pardon.

A direct application for pardon differs from a California certificate of rehabilitation in that an application for pardon is made directly to the governor rather than through the trial court where the individual was convicted. A direct application for pardon is often a viable alternative for individuals who are ineligible for certificates of rehabilitation, such as non-residents. The experienced Writs and Appeals Law Group at the Kavinoky Law Firm will thoroughly evaluate your case to determine the best way to go about clearing a criminal record and helping you to make a fresh start.

Direct applications for pardon are typically made by individuals with California felony convictions who are living out of state, and individuals convicted of certain sex crimes, including California Penal Code sections 286(c), 288, 288a(c), 288.5, and 289(j), and who are ineligible for expungement or other forms of post-conviction relief. Individuals convicted of misdemeanor offenses such as drunk driving should consider another option, such as expungement.

An application for pardon is made directly to the governor's office and must include the following information: your name, including any aliases; why a pardon is needed; date of conviction; county and case number of conviction; prison number; name of parole agent; current address and telephone number, the dates and circumstances of all felony offenses; the dates you entered prison and were released; and a brief statement of employment and activities since release from custody.

This last aspect of the pardon application is perhaps the most important - the governor doesn't grant every pardon application, so you must demonstrate that you have led an exemplary life since being convicted. If the governor's legal staff recommends consideration of the application, you will receive an Application for Executive Clemency and Notice of Intention to Apply for Executive Clemency. Once the formal application has been filed, it will be reviewed by the Board of Prison terms on the governor's behalf.

A California direct application for pardon is a complex process, and the procedures must be followed exactly to increase the chances of success. The skilled attorneys at the Kavinoky Law Firm are experienced in every aspect of post-conviction relief, including direct applications for pardon. Contact them today for a free consultation.

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