Wilmington Pardons Attorney

If you have a Delaware criminal conviction on your record, you may be able to apply for a pardon. A pardon is an important step toward clearing your good name and restoring your rights as a citizen. You should seek the advice of an experienced attorney if you are contemplating asking for a pardon.

At Thomas A. Foley Attorney at Law, you will find a Wilmington pardons lawyer with nearly 30 years of legal experience. He understands the pardons process and can help you interact with the Board of Pardons and the governor's office, because it is the governor — not a judge — who has the power to grant a pardon. Mr. Foley can help maximize the likelihood that you are considered for a pardon and the chance that you receive one.

A pardon in our days is not a private act of grace from an individual happening to possess power. It is part of the Constitutional scheme. When granted, it is the determination of the ultimate authority that the public welfare will be better served by inflicting less than what the judgment fixed. — Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Understanding Pardons In Delaware

In our state, nearly all felony and misdemeanor convictions are eligible for a pardon. The exceptions to this general rule are:

  • Traffic offenses
  • Sex offenses
  • Public corruption offenses

For those convicted of felonies, a pardon restores critical civil rights such as the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury and the right to own a gun. It is important to understand that a pardon does not clear your criminal record, whether the offense pardoned was a felony or misdemeanor. Rather, a pardon for misdemeanor clears the way for you to apply for record expungement, which wipes the conviction from your record. When you visit attorney Foley, he will walk you through the process and help you understand everything involved in restoring your life to what is was prior to your conviction.

Contact A Newark, Delaware, Expungement Lawyer

To discuss the possibility of obtaining a pardon in Delaware, call Thomas A. Foley Attorney at Law at 302-658-3077. You can also contact attorney Foley online. Your initial consultation is free.