Applying for a Governor’s Pardon in California

Applying for a Governor's Pardon in California

A person who has been convicted of a crime in California can apply for a California Governor’s pardon. It is considered to be an honor that may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction. The pardon has to be deserved in order to be granted. The person must live an honest and upright life; conduct himself or herself with sobriety and industry, exhibit a good moral character, and conform to and obey the laws of the land. However, it has to be noted that there are not so may granted pardons.

Generally, applications can be considered while there 10 years that the applicant has been discharged from probation or parole without any criminal record during this period. No filing fee nor court fees of any kind shall be required of an applicant in proceeding of the California Governor’s Pardon.

Each person should apply for a pardon in the state he or she was convicted of a crime.

The Governor’s Pardon does not seal the criminal record or expunge it. Moreover, the Pardon is a public record. If it is granted, the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be notified and, consequently, update the records of the applicant. Nonetheless, some personal information will be hidden from the public after granting a Pardon.

The Margarian Law Firm aggressively protects the rights of criminal defendants in California. We are a client-centered professional expungement law firm, not a mass-market expungement mill. When our law firm accepts your California criminal case, you can put your mind at ease. We handle every aspect of your case, from the very start through the very last court hearing, all for a flat fee agreed upon before we begin.

You may file your request online, by telephone or by mail. 818-553-1000

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