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The Best Way to Obtain a Pardon in Tennessee 617.523.6320 Video about what are the requirements to obtain an immigration pardon or 601 waiver by immigration and criminal defense attorney Desmond P. FitzGerald.immigration and criminal defense lawyer Desmond P. FitzGerald, of FitzGerald & Company, Boston, MA. We are a team of multicultural and multilingual Immigration and criminal defense lawyers in Boston, MA. We help you obtain US visa, residency and citizenship, asylum, cancel a deportation, obtain a waiver of inadmissibility, sue the immigration service if it is taking too long to decide your case, minimize immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and defend you of any criminal charges. Free initial legal consultation

In many situations, Tennessee law prohibits you from obtaining an expungement and clearing your criminal record. For individuals not eligible for expungement, petitioning the governor for a pardon (known as “executive clemency”) is the only other option.

In Tennessee, the pardon process is lengthy and difficult. The pardon is a moral decision – you must demonstrate to the governor that you are deserving of a second chance, that you have a legitimate reason for wanting a pardon. There are many good reasons for desiring a pardon, such as wanting to obtain a professional certification or the desire to further one’s education. With a pardon, your criminal past is forgiven, not forgotten. A pardon in Tennessee does not erase the conviction from your record, but it shows that you have been forgiven by the state for whatever occurred. Obtaining a pardon can significantly reduce the otherwise legitimate concerns a potential employer or educational institution may have concerning your criminal past.

It is important to carefully craft your application for a pardon: two-thirds of pardon applications are rejected outright by the Board of Probation and Parole, who is responsible for offering pardon recommendations to the governor. If the Board feels your application has sufficient merit, a hearing will be scheduled for you where you can make the case that you are worthy of pardon consideration.

There are a few minimum, bare requirements for applying for a pardon in Tennessee: you must have five (5) personal recommendations, you must have fully completed your sentence, and you must have stayed out of trouble since completing your sentence. These are, in fact, the bare minimums. Your chances are helped by the quality and quantity of your recommendations as well as your resume, so to speak, of self-betterment and community involvement. The more you can show the Board that you “deserve” the pardon, the more likely you will be successful.

As is the case with many legal processes, it is a good idea to consult with a criminal lawyer knowledgeable of the clemency / pardon process before submitting your application. Needless to say, based on the low success rate alone, obtaining a pardon in Tennessee is not a simple process. You must take careful attention that your best “you” is presented to the Board of Probation and Parole. You must put your best foot forward when asking for a governor’s pardon, similar to the way you would go about a job interview. It is just this way when applying for a pardon; therefore, it is important to make sure you make your best first impression. It is vital that the Board think you worthy of forgiveness the first time they see you, and the only way to ensure that is extensive preparation.

Nathan Moore is a Nashville criminal lawyer licensed to practice before the federal and state courts of Tennessee. His practice covers all aspects of criminal defense, including trial, appeals, expungements and petitions for pardons. If you are interested in obtaining executive clemency, find out more about obtaining a pardon in Tennessee on his law firm website or by contacting him at (615) 346-2213.

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