You did the crime. You’ve done your time. You’re a free man or woman trying to put your life back on the straight and narrow. But often the ramifications of a felonious record are not easy to leave behind. Luckily, the prevailing philosophy in the United States has historically allowed for the concept of pardons. The New York Constitution impowers the governor to grant reprieves, commutations, and pardons after conviction, for all offenses except treason and cases of impeachment.
If you’re not treasonous or facing impeachment, read on.
There are some good reasons a former felon might decide to seek a pardon. Perhaps they were wrongfully convicted in the first place. New DNA testing procedures routinely exonerate those who didn’t, in fact, do the crime. A pardon can restore your ability to vote or legally possess a gun. It can also prevent deportation from the country or allow re-entry to the same.
Okay, so you’re ready to seek that pardon from the New York governor. How do you start? While you should be aware that you aren’t required to hire an attorney to shepherd your application for clemency, it’s hard for us to imagine why a layperson would risk attempting to navigate the byzantine legal process on their own for something this important. It’s the age old problem of facing down an unfeeling bureaucracy that doesn’t care whether you get that pardon or not.
With our firm in your corner, you can rest assured that someone does care and will do everything humanly possible to insure that your case results in the right outcome. The best part is you have nothing to lose. Raiser & Kenniff offers an ironclad risk-free consultation. We’ll sit down with you, no strings attached, and discuss whether or not we think you have a strong case that we’re comfortable representing. There’s no cost for this service.
The process of applying for and receiving a gubernatorial pardon is fraught with uncertainty. For a citizen untrained in law, the fear and worry can be overwhelming. What if you make a mistake filling out the form or miss a deadline? Courts hate missed deadlines. Simple errors could tank the whole proceeding, and this is not something you want to risk on a “hunch” that you’re doing it right.
As former New York prosecutors with a combined 30 years of experience in criminal law, you can rest assured there is little the lawyers at Raiser & Kenniff haven’t seen along the way. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the middle of serving a sentence for something you didn’t do or find yourself with prison long in the rearview mirror. If, for whatever reason, an official pardon seems like a great idea, we want to help. Put the power of a national law firm with local New York customer service to work for you.
It’s easy to get the ball rolling. Fill out and submit the short form on our home page atwww.NYCriminalLawyers.com or take advantage of the toll free number at 888-504-2746. No pressure. No legalese and confusion. Just dedicated lawyers who want to help you reclaim your life.