People who are considering filing for a Governor’s Pardon, there has arguably never been a better time. This reformative justice environment has beneficially affected pardons.
For people considering filing for a Governor’s Pardon, there has arguably never been a better time. Criminal justice reform is sweeping the nation. This movement includes unprecedented support for those trying to clean up their criminal record. Within the last five years, Illinois passed the most extensive criminal record sealing reform statute and instituted automatic expungements for certain marijuana offenses. This reformative justice environment has beneficially affected pardons and clemencies as well. Illinois’s Governor, J.B. Pritzker, is granting pardons at an unprecedented rate during his first term. Governor Pritzker rang in the new year by pardoning 9,100 low-level cannabis cases. In 2020, he commuted the sentences of a significant number of individuals. The individuals housed in the Illinois Department of Corrections received commuted sentences due to COVID-19 and merit-based commutations. Robert J Callahan and Associates have successfully secured three (3) Governor’s Pardons in the past six months alone.
Both Jon McCarthy and Ryan Hendricks (names changed for confidentiality) made the unfortunate mistake of getting arrested in their youth for burglary, a class 2 felony. Jon stole some lawn chairs from a house, and Ryan took a radio from a garage. Hardly the crimes of the century, but that didn’t matter. Both spent decades as convicted felons despite maturing into fully grown, responsible, and hardworking citizens. They lost job opportunities, and when they did get a job, they lived in fear of their employer running a background check on them. Every time they wanted to apply for a promotion or better paying job, they were afraid their felony conviction would surface. While they had good jobs, obtaining them was a struggle. More importantly, the individuals knew they would have had better career growth & opportunities if they received a criminal record because of a poor decision they made in their youth.
Thankfully, Jon and Ryan called Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Robert J. Callahan. The firm has over 20 years of experience helping clients obtain Governor’s Pardons. Robert J Callahan and Associates guided Jon and Ryan through a well-established pardon procedure and process. The firm identified and brought all the necessary documents and exhibits for the Governor’s Pardon Petition. After filing the complete petition, Robert J Callahan and Associates began to prepare Jon and Ryan for the Governor Review Board hearing. After thoroughly instructing the clients on what types of questions to expect at the hearing, and most significantly, how to best answer these questions, Jon and Ryan were more than ready. At the hearing, the lawyers at Robert Callahan & Associates sat next to Jon and Ryan, answering all questions clearly and thoroughly. The group waited patiently for the response after the hearing. Next, the Governor grants a pardon for Jon and Ryan via the Illinois Governor’s Pardon Petitions; Robert J. Callahan & Associates deliver the great news. Not only were Jon and Ryan granted pardons, but they were also granted pardons with the ability to expunge their criminal record. That means Jon and Ryan can completely erase their criminal history.
A pardon is the only way to erase a felony conviction from your criminal history completely. Don’t let the mistakes of the past limit the future. Now is the time to stop thinking and do something about the future by filing a pardon petition. Robert J Callahan can help ease the process. Whether it is to clean a criminal record or someone is looking to shorten, or commute, a loved one’s prison sentence, call Robert J. Callahan & Associates now to discuss the options, the process, and the potential for a successful Governor’s Pardon.