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What You Need to Know about Pardons
Getting a pardon in the state of Georgia can be a simple process, but many people tend to have misconceptions about how a pardon works.
To help, here are some important facts you might need to know about the pardon process.
- The governor does NOT grant pardons. To gain a pardon, you must fill out the application and send it to the State Board of Pardons and Parole.
Pardons may only be applied for five years after a person has completed his or her prison sentence. This includes the completion of parole and probation.
The State Board of Pardons and Parole cannot grant pardons for Federal offenses. To apply for a pardon from the Federal government, apply on the Federal website..
A pardon does not clear your criminal record.
You don’t need an attorney to apply for a pardon.
A request for a pardon takes six to nine months to be processed.
For more information, visit the State Board of Pardons and Parole website.
About the Author
Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.