Apply For a Pardon

Pardons Are Presently Possible In Pennsylvania.

          Do not overlook using the pardon system in order to restore your firearms rights.

         The procedure is complicated but an experienced attorney can help you get through the red tape successfully although you do not have to have an attorney represent you in order to obtain a pardon.

          Attorney McCormick can help you obtain a pardon.

Pardon Facts:

What a pardon does for you:

A pardon relieves any legal disability resulting from a conviction. These disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. The right to vote (only incarcerated felons suffer this disability in Pennsylvania, this varies by state)
  2. The right to be a juror
  3. The right to hold a public office
  4. The right to bear arms
  5. The opportunity to serve in the military
  6. The right to obtain/carry a firearm
  7. The right to travel internationally

Your record will not be cleared by a pardon alone:

A pardon does not remove, expunge, or clear the conviction from your criminal record, but makes it possible to have your record expunged.

If you receive a pardon, and then you are asked by an employer or future employer whether you have been convicted of a crime you can say no.

You can say that you were never convicted of a crime because of the holding by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sutley, 378 A.2d 780 (Pa. 1977). The Court held that a pardon is defined as "the exercise of the sovereign's prerogative of mercy. It completely frees the offender from the control of the state. It not only exempts him from further punishment but relieves him from all the legal disabilities resulting from his conviction. It blots out the very existence of his guilt, so that, in the eye of the law, he is thereafter as innocent as if he had never committed the offense." It is recommended, though, that such a denial be explained as based on the existence of a pardon. 


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J. Michael McCormick
Attorney at Law
314 Center Avenue
PO Box 64
Verona, PA 15147

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