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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 5 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 6 to 9 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.