Most people will try to get a pardon for purposes of licensing, bonding or other employment reasons. Usually a person must first get the Certificate of Rehabilitation.
An instructional guide on how to apply for a pardon in California can be found at: http://gov.ca.gov/pdf/interact/how to apply for a pardon.pdf
Why Obtain a Pardon
Most people will try to obtain a pardon so that they can apply for state licenses, obtain bonding or for other possible employment related purposes. Some people will apply solely for purposes of demonstrating a complete change in their lives. You do not need a pardon in order to vote. Under California Constitution, Art. II, sec. 4, a person is eligible to vote after completion of probation or parole. However, a pardon is necessary before a person is entitled to serve on a jury.
Under California law, a person convicted of a felony cannot own or possess firearms. (Penal Code §12021). A person who receives a full pardon can possess a lawful firearm under the laws of California, unless the person was convicted of a crime involving the use of a dangerous weapon. (Penal Code §4854). However, it is important to know that a pardon in California has no effect on the limitations on possession of weapons that arise under federal law or the laws of other states.
The Governor and Pardon
A pardon can only be obtained for a California conviction.
If you suffered a conviction in another state or you have a federal conviction,
then you must apply to the other jurisdiction, either the other state
or to the federal authorities. Information on applying for a federal pardon
can be obtained from the Pardon Attorney, US Department of Justice, 500
First St. Northwest, Washington, DC.
- Written by Patrick
H. Kelly, Attorney at Law
- Written by Patrick H. Kelly, Attorney at Law
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