Are you ready to take the plunge and begin the pardon process in the state of Connecticut? Congratulations! You’re on your way to a fresh start. As you begin this process, I want to offer you assistance in any way that I can. For this reason, I’ve compiled this article with instructions on how to apply for a pardon. This article will give you easy-to-follow, detailed instructions so that you can start applying for your pardon today! If any step in this process confuses you or you would like assistance for any reason, please give my office a call at 800-261-0321.
Step One: Determining Eligibility
If you’re familiar with my blog, you may have read one of my articles that touches upon pardon eligibility. For your convenience, I will reprint this information here.
Before going through the pardon process, make sure that you are eligible for a pardon. You don’t want to spend all of the time and money involved in applying just to learn that you are unsuitable for a pardon. If you are applying for a full pardon in the state of Connecticut, you have to wait three years after your last misdemeanor conviction and five years after your last felony conviction to apply. If you are applying for a provisional pardon, you have to either be out of jail and successfully under the supervision of the Department of Correction’s Parole for at least 90 days, or you have to be out of jail for at least 90 days, finished with parole, and have no new arrests. If at any time during your application you have new charges pending against you, it can affect your application.
Step Two: Fill Out the Pardon Application Form
The pardon application form can be found on the Connecticut Board of Pardon and Paroles’ website, or you can call our office for a copy.
Step Three: Background Investigation
You must fill out a background investigation authorization form and it has to be notarized by a notary public.
Step Four: Acquire Documentation
You must submit a copy of your fingerprints, a copy of your criminal history, and a copy of all police reports with your application. These forms are provided in our office and online.
Step Five: Obtain at Least Three Letters of Recommendation
You need at least three letters of recommendation to apply for a pardon. Only one of these references can be written by a family member. Consider former teachers, employers, friends, volunteer supervisors, etc. when looking for people to write your other letters of recommendation.
Step Six: Obtain a Letter From Your Parole Officer
This letter should explain how long you have been on parole or when you were released from parole.
Step Seven: Provide Identification
Send in a copy of your driver’s license, passport, state identification card, etc. with your application.
These are the basic steps involved in applying for a pardon. Also, if you would like assistance with your application, remember that you can always contact me! I’m happy to help!