In Connecticut, people with previous convictions may be eligible for a pardon. Also known as an expungement, this process removes crimes from your record, which is helpful when applying for jobs or professional licenses. The Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles explains what you should do when pursuing a pardon.
People have two options in the state when it comes a pardon. While a Certificate of Employability does not actually expunge your record, it does provide an assurance that the holder is employable despite his or her criminal background. As a result, it’s not lawful to withhold employment based on the applicant’s criminal history alone. An Absolute Pardon erases a criminal record so that it’s not discoverable via background checks. With a felony conviction, you must wait at least five years after your most recent conviction. With misdemeanors, you must wait at least three years before applying for a pardon. You must also not have any charges or cases pending when you apply.
You’re responsible for listing all criminal convictions to be considered for expungement. Most of this information can be found on The Connecticut State Police criminal history report. Out-of-state or federal charges will not be listed, so it’s your responsibility to include those as well as any others. It’s important to list all crimes and any relevant information for the review board. Errors or omissions may result in your application being denied.
Once you’ve supplied all pertinent information, the review board will look over your criminal history to make a determination on your request. Many different departments, including the State Police, the Pardons Board, and the Probation Department, will need to review your crimes to make a decision. How long it takes for your application to be processed can vary. It usually depends on how many cases are currently being reviewed and the complexity of your criminal background.