How do I begin the procedure for a pardon of my felony record?

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How do I begin the procedure for a pardon of my felony record?

I have a 2 felony convictions on my record from 1 crime committed, and I want to know how to begin the procedure for a pardon of my record.

Asked on August 23, 2010 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Pardons are generally done in connection with a request for a commutation - or reduction - in the sentence of a current prisoner.  We often see the pardon issue appear on a show where a criminal is sentenced to death and he or she waits for a call from the Governor to save him or her.  What you may want to explore is an expungement of your criminal record.  Some states do not allow for the expungement of any felony conviction.  Michigan, though, does allow for same for first convictions.  I would seek help from an attorney on the matter but look up the following laws to get an idea:

M.C.L. § 780.621; M.C.L. 750.520c, 750.520d, or 750.520g; M.C. L. § 780.621 et seq.; M.C.L. § 22.828 (juvenille records).  Good luck.


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