We have witnessed firsthand how a criminal conviction can adversely impact our clients’ lives. A criminal record may affect a person’s ability to find satisfying employment opportunities, stable and safe housing, and hold them back in their personal lives. Fortunately, Connecticut law allows people with criminal convictions to apply to have their criminal record erased. This is called an “Absolute Pardon”, or commonly referred to as an expungement. Expungement attorney Douglas D. Rudolph can discuss your unique circumstances and guide you through the pardon process. We have achieved success for clients for a variety of convictions, allowing them to move on from a negative chapter in their lives.
In Connecticut, people are eligible to apply for a pardon three (3) years after a misdemeanor conviction, or five (5) years after a felony conviction. You must not be currently on adult probation or parole.
If you are eligible for a pardon, you must collect the following documentation to support your application:
- State Police Criminal History Report
- Notarized Background Investigation Authorization (BIA)
- Three (3) Reference Questionnaires
- Police report(s) for any arrest that resulted in a conviction that has occurred within the last ten (10) years
- Letter from Adult Probation for any period of probation supervision
- Copy of your valid Driver’s License or State ID
In addition, we recommend providing documentation of your personal rehabilitation or advances made in your education or professional life. This may include medical/addiction treatment, diplomas, certificates, resumes, volunteer activities, etc.
As part of our intake process, we will learn more about your conviction(s) and personal life so we can help you create the most compelling application to increase the likelihood of your pardon being granted. After reviewing your application, the Board of Pardons and Parole may schedule a hearing for your application, which you are required to attend. For certain non-violent convictions, your application may be referred for Expedited Review, which means your pardon will be granted without needing to appear for a hearing. If an Absolute Pardon is granted, your entire Connecticut criminal history will be erased, and you can legally state that you have never been convicted of a crime.
Applying for an Absolute Pardon in Connecticut can be a time-consuming and complicated process. The Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph has a strong track record in achieving success for our clients. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how to apply for an Absolute Pardon in Connecticut.
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