While technically any crime in Connecticut can get pardoned, your chances of being pardoned varies based on the type of crime and your circumstances. Continue reading to learn more about the types of crimes that are harder to be granted a pardon for and circumstances that can increase your chances.

Convictions That are Less Likely to Get Pardoned

This is a list of convictions that are less likely to be pardoned. Keep in mind there are other factors that go into the decision that the Board of Pardons makes and just because your crime is on this list does not mean that it is impossible to be pardoned. It just means that you will have to establish a good application and credibility with the Board of Pardons. This is the list of serious crimes that might have some difficulty being pardoned:

  • Murder
  • Felonies and first degree misdemeanors
  • Rape
  • Sexual battery
  • Corruption of a minor
  • Sexual imposition
  • Obscenity or pornography involving a minor
  • Serious weapon charges

What Increases an Applicant’s Chances of Getting a Pardon?

Even if your conviction is one that is less likely to be pardoned, there are things you can do to increase your chances. This is a list of things that increase an applicant’s chances of receiving a pardon:

  • Applicant cooperates with the Board of Pardons
  • They make significant changes in their life after their conviction
  • Applicant shows remorse
  • They do not place blame on victim
  • Applicant prepares for their hearing
  • They get a job after their conviction
  • Applicant volunteers in the community
  • If needed, they receive help with mental health or substance abuse

Getting Help

Even if your crime is on the list of crimes that are less likely to be pardoned, Connecticut has a relatively high grant rate for pardons and we can help you. If you are interested in hiring a lawyer or would like a free consultation, call us at 203-567-6480 or email us at help@mrpardons.com.