A pardon granted by the governor applies to people who have been rehabilitated from a crime. It provides relief from some or all of the penalties associated with a conviction.  

Reasons to apply for a California Governor’s Pardon

A Governor’s Pardon has the following benefits:

Eligibility for a Pardon

Someone convicted of a California crime can seek a pardon after gaining rehabilitation. However, they typically have to wait for 7 to 10 years.

According to the California Governor’s Office:

In deciding whether to grant a pardon, the Governor’s Office will carefully review each application and consider:

  • the impact of a pardon grant on the applicant’s family and community, including whether the grant is consistent with public safety and in the interests of justice and, if relevant, any extraordinary circumstances that justify restoration of firearm rights or a pardon in a sex offense case;
  • the age and circumstances of the offense and the age of the applicant at the time;
  • the applicant’s self-development and conduct since the offense, including whether the applicant has made use of available rehabilitative programs and has identified and addressed treatment needs; and
  • the applicant’s need for a pardon.

The pardon may be the most difficult relief to obtain from the conviction of a crime in California. Many individuals seeking a pardon may be better positioned to obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation. It should be noted that there is no guarantee that a pardon or any other relief is available or would be granted in your matter.

Having an experienced defense attorney to assist you with your pardon, particularly if you wish to obtain a license to work as a professional regulated in the State of California, may prove essential to your success.

Contact S J Harris Law to determine if a Pardon, Certificate of Rehabilitation, Expungement or other relief is available in your matter.