Connecticut Expungement Lawyer
About Connecticut’s Expedited Pardon Process
An expungement legally erases your criminal record. In July 2016, Connecticut
courts created a new process for individuals to seek expungements from
the Board of Pardons. In short, the Board will consider your request for a pardon
without a hearing if you meet certain qualifications, such as:
- Your conviction was a non-violent offense
- Your conviction had no “victim interest”
Tomeo Sills, LLC can help you expunge your criminal record if you qualify.
Backed by decades of combined experience with the criminal justice system,
our Connecticut expungement attorneys can help you get a fresh start and
move forward with your life unencumbered by past mistakes.
Full Pardon and Certificate of Employability
A full pardon (also called an “absolute pardon”) erases your
criminal record completely. If you have multiple convictions, you must apply to expunge all of them.
You cannot apply to pardon only one offense, but in some cases, the Board
will grant conditional full pardons.
On the other hand, a certificate of employability does not erase your criminal
record; it simply means employers cannot deny you a job because of your crime. This is different from a pardon because it doesn’t actually seal
your record. When you apply for a full pardon, the Board of Certificate
of Employability may consider your application as well.
Eligibility requirements for pardons and certificates of employability:
- You successfully completed your sentence
- You are not on probation or parole (under supervision)
- Your last misdemeanor conviction was at least three (3) years ago
Your last felony conviction was at least five (5) years ago
- Your conviction did not involve a violent crime or the interests of a victim
Reasons to Get a Certificate of Employability
A certificate of employability keeps your criminal record from influencing
future job prospects - an especially important consideration for
convicted juveniles. In other words, potential employers cannot look at you differently than
other applicants because you were convicted of a crime. It also allows
you to apply for professional licenses that your record would otherwise
keep you from getting or force you to forfeit.
Differences Between Clemency & Expungement
Unlike expungement, clemency is for persons currently serving time for
a criminal conviction. (If you are currently serving your sentence, you
cannot apply for a full pardon.)
What can clemency do?
- Releases you from your obligation to the sentence
- Overwrites the death penalty, if applicable
- Reduces the terms of your sentence
- Erases convictions from your Connecticut criminal record
If your sentence is less than eight (8) years long, you can apply for clemency
once you’ve served 50% of it. If your sentence is more than eight
years, you can apply for clemency after four (4) years.
Discuss Your Options with Tomeo Sills, LLC
criminal defense lawyers have served clients throughout the state for more than 45 collective years.
Over the years, we’ve helped countless people stand up for their
rights. Additionally, our lawyers are considered leaders in the field
and have written books on criminal and
DUI defense, now found in law schools. Today, we’re ready to use this experience
to help you.
For more information on expungement, pardons, and clemency, schedule a
free and confidential
case review with a member of our team. We would be happy to help you understand your options.