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Pardons in Delaware

Forgiving Your Criminal Charges

Have you been convicted of a criminal offense? If you have been convicted there are options that you may explore to receive leniency on your sentence. One option is to follow up with the Governor’s office to possibly receive a pardon.

A pardon is at the discretion of the state’s governor and effectively forgives an individual of a specific crime, removing all penalties and/or punishments associated with this crime. In addition, receiving a pardon prevents all legal branches from prosecuting said individual with the same crime at a later date.

The process required to submit a pardon in Delaware is as follows:

  • Complete an application with the Board of Pardons, applications and more detailed instructions can be found here.
  • The application must be filled out online, printed, and then submitted by mail. NO handwritten applications will be accepted.
  • You will be notified by mail at the beginning of the month that you requested if your case will be seen.
  • Pardons are reviewed on a first come first serves basis, so the date you requested may not be available.

After the case for your pardon is heard by the Board of Pardons, the board will deliberate and send a recommendation to the Governor’s office. However, it is IMPORTANT to note that the Governor does NOT have to accept the recommendation of the board and can decide to NOT grant a pardon. These decisions are made on a case by case basis and it is entirely up to the Governor’s judgment whether a pardon will be issued.

Fighting for Your Future

Do not give up on your future, contact our experienced attorneys today. At the Law Office of Michael Abram, our attorneys practice only criminal defense and you will benefit from the fruits of these labors. With over 30 years of combined legal experience our firm will prepare you for your hearing and ensure that you attain the best possible outcome.

Contact us today for more information and to begin the pardon process.

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