A pardon in Georgia is “an order of official forgiveness” and is given to “individuals who have maintained a good reputation in their community following the completion of their sentence(s).”
Pardons in Georgia are granted by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. A pardon has always been helpful for people with criminal records to show they have been fully rehabilitated after a criminal conviction.
However, pardons are now much more important – the new Georgia expungement law allows restriction of felony convictions for the first time, but requires the conviction(s) to have been pardoned.
Here are the eligibility criteria to request a pardon:
- You were convicted of a felony offense in Georgia (that did not require registration as a sex offender)
- You completed all sentences at least five (5) years before applying (this means that you have been off parole or probation for five years)
- You have lived a law-abiding life in the last five (5) years
- You do not have any pending charges
- All of your fines or restitution are paid.
Are you eligible for a pardon or felony restriction? Call us to get started on your case today!
DISCLAIMER: THE ABOVE STATEMENTS ARE GENERAL INFORMATION AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF YOUR CASE MAY BE DIFFERENT. DEVETTER LAW MAKES NO GUARANTEE OF ANY OUTCOME. THE ABOVE IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE AND NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP IS CREATED BY PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION.