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A Pardon will give you a new lease on life. It will open the door for everything from better employment and education to obtaining various licenses. Better employment and the absence of a criminal record will also improve your credit profile, which can lead to even better employment. The quality of you and your family’s life will improve exponentially.

In Connecticut the Board of Pardons and Paroles can grant an Absolute Pardon, a Certificate of Employability, or a Commutation. We will discuss the Absolute Pardon in this article.

An Absolute Pardon will erase your entire criminal record. When you apply for an Absolute Pardon, your entire criminal history will be considered and erased, if successful. You can apply for an Absolute Pardon 3 years after the disposition of your last Misdemeanor and 5 years after the disposition of your last Felony. However, you cannot be on probation or parole when you apply.

Among the things that the Board will consider are:

  • The impact that the offense has on the victim.
  • Input from the victim and the Prosecutor.
  • The amount of time that has passed since your last involvement with the criminal justice system.
  • Your work history, community service, character references and any other relevant information available.

It is Never too early to work towards a Pardon. If you haven’t reached your 3 or 5 year deadline, there are things you can and should be doing now to best present yourself when the time comes. If you are time eligible, but need to bolster your application, patience and preparation is worth the extra time.

If you are ready to change your life for the better and improve the quality of your family’s life, Bellenot & Boufford LLC is ready to help you live free from the weight of a criminal record. Call 203-304-9050 or e mail for a brighter future.

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