FEDERAL EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY

PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS & FEDERAL COMMUTATION

The two types of clemency: pardons and commutations.

 

Pardons are for formerly incarcerated individuals.  A grant does not expunge a conviction; rather it is a sign of forgiveness from the government and certain Constitutional rights are restored such as the right to vote in some jurisdictions, hold public office, sit on a jury, stop immigration removal proceedings, and restores the right to legally posses a firearm.

Commutations are for incarcerated individuals. A grant is not an indication of innocence or government wrongdoing.  It is a sign of forgiveness from the government that reduces the period of incarceration, reduces the fine or restitution, if any, only after all appeals and post-conviction motions are exhausted. 

Federal convictions only.  Clemency for state convictions are determined by the governor of the state. 

EVALUATE

During our consultation, I determine which form of clemency you are seeking and based on my expertise, I determine the likelihood of a favorable recommendation

GATHER

Once you have made your investment, I begin to gather the requisite documents to establish your "ownership" while focusing on your low risk of recidivism

REVIEW

Once I have reviewed all of the relevant documents I prepare a memorandum for your review with my analysis and approach as to how I plan to respond to each question prior to submission.

SUBMIT

Using the unique skills that I acquired over my 10+ years at the U.S. Department of Justice, including the Office of the Pardon Attorney, I submit your completed petition for clemency

THE PROCESS