Not all cases are eligible for expungement; there is, however, another option that may be beneficial. Seeking a pardon in the state where your conviction occurred may be the best solution to receive criminal record relief.
In order to apply for a pardon, there are certain requirements that may need to be met and certain application procedures that must be completed. This information can be found in great detail at www.pardon411.com.
To be eligible for a pardon in Texas, you must determine which type of pardon you will apply for:
- Full Pardon – A full pardon releases you from the conditions of your sentence for that particular conviction, while also restoring basic citizenship rights such as your right to vote, serve on a jury, the right to hold public office, and the right to be an executor/administrator of an estate.
- Conditional pardon – A conditional pardon is similar to a full pardon, with the exception that it does not restore any rights you lost as a result of the conviction. You must have reached your minimum statutory parole eligibility.
a. A conditional pardon is consider if:
- i. To release an inmate to another country
- ii. There are extreme, unusual, and exceptional circumstances
- Pardon based on innocence – A pardon based on innocence forgives you of the crime and releases you from further punishment, as well as declares you innocent of the crime, or “exonerates” you. This pardon essentially erases the conviction.
a. You must have been convicted for a Texas state felony conviction to apply for this Pardon
Determine if you are eligible for a Pennsylvania Pardon. You can visit RecordGone.com to take their free eligibility test.
Obtain a pardon application for the appropriate pardon type you choose by:
Calling the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles at 512-406-5852, or making a written request to:
- Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
General Counsel’s Office
8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Austin, TX 78757
- Obtain certified court documents directly through the court your case originally occurred at
- Obtain your Criminal History Record by calling the Texas Department of Public Safety at 512-424-2000, or logging in online at http://records.txdps.state.tx.us/.
- Prepare a personal statement
- Letters of recommendation
- Submit your completed Pardon Application to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole, General Counsel’s Office.