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Pardons: What they Will and Will Not Do

Individuals convicted of a crime in Texas are frequently eligible for a pardon from the governor. This is an unconditional act of executive clemency by the Governor which serves to release the grantee from the conditions of his or her sentence and from any disabilities imposed by the law.

While a pardon can do many things, there are some things it cannot due. A pardon is not capable, necessarily, of restoring an individual’s right to bear arms. Sometimes the loss of the privileges of the second amendment is due to a federal law or requirement rather than a state one. Because of this, it is important to check with both state and federal organizations before buying a firearm to ensure that no laws are broken.

In addition, a pardon by the governor will not expunge an arrest. In order to remove the record of an arrest, its charges, and the conviction from a criminal record, a person still must go through the expungement process. Also, a pardon will not restore a driver’s license that has been taken away through an automatic suspension stemming from a conviction or arrest for driving while intoxicated unless, of course, the governor’s proclamation specifically states that provision. A pardon will not relieve the convicted individual of any outstanding fees, fines, restitution, or reparations.

A pardon can, however, restore many rights. In many instances, a conviction for a felony will result in the loss of many basic rights. A pardon will, in the majority of cases, restore these rights. The rights that can be restored include the right to vote, the right to hold public office, and the right to serve on a jury. In addition, a pardon will restore a person’s ability to be the executor or administrator of an estate. Pardons will also allow licensing agencies to license an individual again. This means that if you cannot obtain a license to be a locksmith because of a crime committed twenty years ago, a pardon can potentially restore your ability to become licensed.

Before requesting a full pardon application, it is important to complete and return the packet within three months.

If you would like more information concerning pardons and your eligibility for them, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to discuss your situation.


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