A pardon is an order granted to people who have maintained a good reputation in their community, after the completion of their sentence(s) for a criminal offense. A Pardon is an official statement attached to the criminal record that confirms the State of Georgia has pardoned the crime.
The Restoration of Rights is an order restoring a person’s civil and political rights which are lost in Georgia upon conviction. These include the right to run for and hold public office, to serve on a jury and to serve as a Notary Public. Restoration of rights does not include the right to possess, own or to carry a concealed firearm. The right to vote (for U.S. Citizens) is automatically restored upon completion of your sentence(s); therefore, you don’t need to submit an application to restore your right to vote.
A pardon does not expunge, remove or erase the crime from your record, but it could make a significant difference depending on your situation. The applicant must wait until at least five years since release from supervision (including probation and/or parole).
A pardon is an exceptional remedy that is carefully considered by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. It is important to make the best possible presentation to the Board along with your request. If a Georgia conviction is affecting your livelihood, a request for a pardon may your best chance in restoring your future.