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The Law Office Of Heath Harte, LLC, Can Help You Obtain A Pardon For Your Connecticut Criminal Convictions

Criminal records, especially felony convictions, can have a seriously negative impact on your ability to obtain many jobs and may prevent you from other opportunities including international travel. A successful pardon application makes it possible for individuals to be pardoned for their Connecticut crimes and offenses. If an absolute pardon is granted, criminal conviction records are removed from public view so that they cannot be used to prevent you from obtaining employment, being granted certain state-issued licenses or being allowed to cross international borders with a valid passport. If a provisional pardon is granted, criminal conviction records are not removed from public view but a provisional pardon is still helpful in removing barriers to obtaining state-issued licenses and employment.

The Board of Pardons has exclusive jurisdiction in Connecticut to grant or deny absolute and provisional pardons at its sole discretion. If your pardon application is denied, there is no appeal to a court or higher authority, although you may re-apply for a pardon at another time in the future. If you are granted an absolute pardon, your Connecticut criminal conviction record will be removed from public view so that your past will not continue to interfere with your future. The Law Offices of Heath D. Harte, LLC, would be proud to help you protect your future by filing your pardon application and representing you in the pardon hearing process.

How do I apply for a pardon?

Your properly completed written pardon application with all necessary supporting documentation must be filed with the Board of Pardons.

Do I need an attorney to represent me?

While not required, an attorney, like Heath Harte, can help ensure your pardon application meets all requirements and your supporting documents are presented in an effective manner. Our staff will guide you through the process of completing your pardon application and we will properly file it in a timely fashion. If you are granted a hearing, attorney Heath Harte will be your advocate at the hearing. The Board of Pardons will also want to hear from you. We will prepare you to tell your story and answer questions that the Board of Pardons may ask you at the hearing.
There is no appeal to a court or higher authority if the Board of Pardons denies your pardon application, so you should want to maximize your chance of convincing the Board of Pardons to grant you a pardon. Representation by the Law Offices of Heath D. Harte, LLC, can help maximize your chances.

What happens after my pardon application has been filed?

After it has been filed, your written application and supporting documents are pre-screened by the Board of Pardons to determine if you will be granted or denied a pardon without a hearing, or granted a hearing before the Board of Pardons. If your written application with supporting documents is not submitted exactly the right way, the Board of Pardons may deny your application after pre-screening without giving you a hearing. If it is done properly and the Board of Pardons finds your written application with supporting documents sufficient, they may grant you a pardon without a hearing. If you are not granted or denied a pardon after pre-screening, there will be a hearing. At a hearing, you must appear before the Board of Pardons on the assigned date to present your case and convince the Board of Pardons to grant your pardon application. Hearings are now held eight times each year at various courthouses around the state. Your written application with all supporting documentation will need to be completely filed about three months before your hearing date.

The Law Offices of Heath D. Harte, LLC, will help you properly file your pardon application to maximize your chances of getting a pardon or a hearing. If you are granted a hearing, we will prepare you to present your best case to the Board of Pardons at the hearing to maximize your chance of getting a pardon. We will be with you at each step of your pardon application to guide you along the way.

What are the chances of being granted a pardon?

According to Board of Pardons statistics, it received 835 pardon applications in 2008. Of those, 32 provisional pardons (about 4%) were granted without hearing; 467 pardons (about 56%) were granted after hearing; 304 pardon applications (about 36%) were denied without hearing; and 32 (about 4%) were denied after hearing. A total of 60% of all pardon applications were granted while 40% were denied. What is especially noteworthy about these statistics is the fact that if you are granted a hearing, your chances of getting a pardon improve dramatically. Of the 499 applications that went to hearing, 467 (about 94%) were granted and only 32 (about 6%) were denied.

There is no appeal to a court or higher authority if the Board of Pardons denies your pardon application. So, if you want a pardon, you need the Board of Pardons hearing. Contact the Law Offices of Heath D. Harte, LLC, to help maximize your chances of getting a pardon. Call today for a free and thorough evaluation.

What crimes and offenses can be pardoned?

The Board of Pardons has authority to pardon any crimes and offenses committed against the state. This includes: felonies, misdemeanors and violations for which a term of imprisonment may be imposed.

When may I apply for a pardon?

This depends on a number of factors. You must first decide whether you want an absolute pardon or a provisional pardon.

If you want an absolute pardon and you were convicted of a felony, you must wait until five years after the date you were convicted and sentenced before you may file your pardon application. If you want an absolute pardon and you were convicted of a misdemeanor or a violation for which a term of imprisonment may be imposed, you must wait until three years after the date you were convicted and sentenced before you may file your pardon application.

If you want a provisional pardon, you do not have to wait. You may file your application for a provisional pardon immediately after your conviction and sentencing.

What is the difference between absolute and provisional pardons?

If you are granted an absolute pardon, the Board of Pardons gives you an unconditional pardon certificate and, more importantly, your criminal arrest and conviction records are erased from public view. You are free to say you have never been arrested or convicted of a crime or offense in Connecticut and you are entitled to not disclose your pardoned criminal arrest and conviction record to employers or anyone else. You will be able to deny having had a Connecticut criminal record for purposes of international travel with a valid passport. A provisional pardon is much more limited and does not provide these same advantages.

If you are granted a provisional pardon, the Board of Pardons gives you a provisional pardon certificate. A provisional pardon is intended to remove barriers that might otherwise make you ineligible for or disqualify you from employment or a license, permit or certificate required to be issued by the state for you to pursue, practice, or engage in an occupation, trade, vocation, profession or business without due consideration of whether your criminal conviction bears a direct relationship to such employment or license. A provisional pardon does not erase your criminal record from public view and you will not be relieved of having to disclose your criminal conviction record if you are required to disclose it.

How long does the pardon process take?

It takes anywhere from several weeks to several months to collect all of the required documentation and complete your written application for filing with the Board of Pardons. Pardon applications with supporting documentation must be completed and properly filed about three months before the hearing at which your application will be heard. Several weeks before the hearing, you will receive notice from the Board of Pardons informing you that you were granted a hearing. Denial of hearing letters are generally received sooner.

After the hearing you again will receive notice from the Board of Pardons telling you your pardon application was granted or denied. It takes an additional eight to nine months to erase all of your criminal records from public view and you will not receive your official pardon certificate until that has been accomplished. Once you have received your pardon certificate, but not before, you may truthfully say that you have never been convicted of a crime in Connecticut.

What is erasure of criminal records, also termed “expungement?”

Technically, there is no such thing as “expungement” of criminal records in the state of Connecticut. There is, however, a process called “erasure of criminal records.” An erasure of criminal records results in all records of a crime being physically destroyed. If you are granted an erasure, you may lawfully swear under oath that you have never been arrested and/or convicted of your erased crime in Connecticut. If you have been granted an absolute pardon, erasure of your criminal record is generally unnecessary because an absolute pardon results in the erasure of your criminal records from public view.

Who can get an erasure of criminal records?

Erasure of criminal records is available to people who:

were found not guilty or had their charges dismissed
received a pardon for their crimes
disposed of their cases with a nolle prosequi
were convicted on charges that are now decriminalized

How do I get an erasure of my criminal records?

A formal motion for erasure of criminal records must be filed in the appropriate court. The Law Offices of Heath D. Harte, LLC, would be pleased to prepare, file and represent you on your motion for erasure of your criminal records. Call us today!

Contact Criminal Defense Attorney Heath Harte Today

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for a pardon or erasure of criminal records in Connecticut, please contact the Law Offices of Heath D. Harte, LLC, today. We can evaluate your case and explain to you what could be done to get a pardon or erasure of your criminal arrests and/or convictions from your record.

We are pleased to offer free consultations for all criminal matters. Consultations are by appointment only but we offer flexible appointment times to accommodate your already busy schedule. Please let us help you protect your future by beginning to resolve your legal trouble today.

For a consultation with the Law Offices of Heath D. Harte, LLC, call us at 203-564-9888 (Toll Free 800­-928-9320).

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