Being convicted in Arkansas can be a stressful experience. But, did you know that you may be eligible for a pardon or clemency? Pardons and clemency are two different things, but both can have a positive impact.
A pardon is an act of forgiveness that releases an offender from punishment. In Arkansas, the Governor has the power to pardon those convicted of a crime. However, pardons do not erase the conviction from your criminal record.
Eligibility for pardon
To be eligible for a pardon in Arkansas, you must have completed your sentence and been discharged from parole or probation. You must also have demonstrated good behavior since your release from prison. Additionally, you cannot be currently charged with any crime or have any outstanding warrants.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for a pardon by applying to the Governor’s Office. The application may ask for basic information about you and your criminal history. It may also require a letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well and can attest to your good character.
A pardon can remove the stigma of a criminal conviction and make it easier to find employment and housing. A pardon can also restore your civil rights, such as the right to own a firearm or serve on a jury.
Clemency is an act of mercy or leniency that reduces or eliminates a person’s sentence. In Arkansas, the Governor has the power to grant clemency to those convicted of a crime. Clemency can be granted in the form of a full pardon, commutation of sentence, or remission of fines and costs.
Clemency can reduce or eliminate a person’s sentence, which can also make it easier to find employment and housing. Clemency can also restore some of a person’s civil rights.
Having your conviction pardoned or your sentence commuted can provide you with a fresh start. Just remember that if you’re not eligible for a pardon or clemency, there may still be other ways to clear your name. You can petition the court to have your conviction set aside or expunged. This may remove the conviction from your criminal record.