Expungement of a criminal record

Expungement, or better known as a pardon is available in Connecticut for any individual who has been convicted of a crime.  Connecticut has created a mechanism by which a person with a criminal record in Connecticut can essential have the entire matter erased.  In other words, if a Pardon is granted there will be no public record of a conviction or arrest.  The process of obtaining a Pardon in Connecticut has recently become easier.  There is an application process that must be completed.  Among other information, an applicant must provide finger prints, and a certified copy of their Connecticut criminal history, along with character references.  Once the application is submitted, it is forward to the Board of Pardons for review.  Once a review of the application takes place by the Board, a determination is made as to whether to grant a fully Pardons hearing before a panel of individuals who have been appointed by the Governor of Connecticut to hear such matters. Arguments have to be made at the hearing.  A seasoned attorney with prior experience will know what sort of information to present, and what sort of information not to present.  An individual requesting a pardon must present a convincing narrative as to why he/she should be granted a pardon. An attorney would present all the salient points of the applicant’s background to the Board.

Once the hearing takes place, the Board will meet privately to discuss the merits of the person’s application.  There is an internal vote to deny or grant the pardon.  Once the decision is made to grant the pardon, the applicant is notified through his attorney.  The applicant is also notified if his application is rejected by the Board.