Getting a pardon from the California governor can be a lengthy process. In the most recent round of 83 pardons from Gov. Edmund “Jerry” Brown, some of those granted pardons waited in excess of 40 years to get their clean slate. In this infographic, we take a look at the Certificate of Rehabilitation and gubernatorial pardon process in California.
California Penal Code articles about sealing juvenile criminal records, adult arrest records, adult convictions, and pardons for past crimes. In case you missed them, we’ve put together a quick guide to the important articles.
On Easter Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 83 people who had previously been convicted of crimes. The timing of the pardon on this particular holiday seems appropriate, given Easter’s representation of renewal and rebirth, and the fact that Pontius Pilate also had a tradition of pardoning those convicted. Earning a pardon from the governor – or “gubernatorial” pardon – can be a lengthy process; some of those on the list have waited 40 years to have their past transgressions forgiven. A gubernatorial pardon may be granted to individuals who have lived productive lives and demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction.
Many of the questions California criminal defense attorneys are often asked center around how someone can get their arrest records, criminal records, juvenile records, etc. sealed, expunged, destroyed, and any other number of action verbs that translate simply to keeping the past in the past and moving forward with your life after a difficult time. In the upcoming series of blog posts, we’ll take a look at the process in California required for moving forward from an arrest or conviction, starting today with getting your arrest record sealed and destroyed if you are found “factually innocent.”
FRESNO, CALIF. – After living with the specter of a car theft committed almost 20 years ago, a client of Fresno criminal defense attorney Mark W. Coleman received a letter from California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on December 24, 2014 granting a “full and unconditional” pardon for the crime. Although it arrived just one […]