Gubernatorial pardons and rights restoration for felons

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Expungement (also called “expunction”) is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed,” or erased in the eyes of the law. When a conviction is expunged, the process may also be referred to as “setting aside a criminal conviction.

Certificate of Rehabilitation

A Certificate of Rehabilitation is a court order declaring that a person convicted of a felony is now rehabilitated. If a petition for a Certificate of Rehabilitation is granted, it is forwarded to the Governor by the court and constitutes the application for a pardon.

Gubernatorial Pardon

A gubernatorial pardon is an honor that may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction. A pardon will not be granted unless it has been earned. Historically, governors have granted very few pardons.


Let's meet and discuss your situation. Let's take an inventory of the facts, what has happened and what options are available and make attempts to acquire a gubernatorial pardon.


Gathering all the information you can about the case is essential. Writing appropriate letters, filling out appropriate forms and creating a plan to acquire an expungement, certificate of rehabilitation and finally, the pardon.

Taking Action

File forms with the court(s), deliver forms to county office(s),send letters to assembly members and Board of Prison Hearings. Attend hearings. Follow-up with recipients.

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