There is a lot of advice online when it comes to applying for a pardon. Our office has worked with pardon applications in the past. Here is a list of our office’s five most important tips for applying for a pardon.

Research All of Your Options

A pardon may not be the best option for you. Make sure you research all of your options and choose the best one for your situation. If you have researched your options and are still unsure what to do, contact our office and we can discuss the best option for you.

Make Sure You are Eligible

If you are not eligible, then you should not waste your time applying. Hundreds of applications every year get denied because they are not eligible. Remember, you need to wait three years if you were convicted of a misdemeanor and five years if you were convicted of a felony. You also cannot have any pending cases at the time of your pardon application. You also cannot have any cases that were nolled in the last 13 months and you must be off of probation and parole.

Write a Personal Statement

Writing a personal statement is not required, but it is highly recommended. In the statement, you should include things that show you have made changes in your life. For example you should include any community service, jobs, new responsibilities or anything that makes you look good. For more information on how to write a personal statement, check out our earlier blog post “8 Things To Include In Your Connecticut Pardon Personal Statement.

Pick the Right People for Your References

Make sure you pick people that know you well and will take their time and write a good letter when it comes to your references. Remember, only one reference can be from a family member.

Check Your Social Media

The Board of Pardons could check your social media accounts. Make your accounts private and clear out anything that could be considered offensive or that you would not want the Board to see. It is not guaranteed that they will look at your social media, but it is a possibility.

Getting Help

If you are interested in applying for a pardon or would like more information on hiring an attorney, feel free to call us at (203) 567-6480 or email us at