A pardon is a “forgiveness” of an offense that is granted only to those offenders who have demonstrated exemplary behavior after being convicted of a misdemeanor or of a felony. Because obtainment of a pardon is based upon evidence of abiding by the law after conviction, a pardon is not granted until it is earned. In California, an offender will not be eligible to be considered to receive a pardon unless the offender has been discharged from probation for at least ten years without conviction of further criminal activity during that period.
An offender is eligible to apply for a pardon if that offender, once having been convicted under Penal Code section 290, has been dismissed of the offense under Penal Code section 1203.4.
An offender must first obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation from the Superior Court in the county where the offender resides before seeking a pardon.
A pardon does not seal or expunge the offender’s criminal record. However, a pardon can be instrumental when a person seeks employment or licensing by a professional agency.
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