How Can I Get A Pardon in Larimer County?

Ever wonder if you can get a Governor's Pardon to wipe your criminal record clean? Read more about Pardons and how an experienced attorney can help you.
While the law can be very unforgiving in Larimer, Boulder and Grand County, there are a few legal procedures which allow for some understanding, like record sealing or a governor’s pardon.

What is a Pardon in Fort Collins?

The legal definition of a pardon is:

The action of an executive official of the government that mitigates or sets aside the punishment for a crime.

Basically, it is asking for the government to wipe your record clean.

What is the Procedure for Getting a Pardon in Fort Collins?

C.R.S. Title 16, Article 17 lays out the procedures and rules for requesting the Colorado governor’s pardon. In order to apply, you must provide the following documents:

  • Certificate of the respective superintendent of the correctional facility, which shows “the conduct of an applicant during his or her confinement in the correctional facility
  • Evidences of former good character

These items must first be submitted to the district attorney and judge in the district in which you were convicted. They will be allowed to make comments concerning your application. The district attorney and judge have 14 days to submit their comments. The governor will take all these items into consideration along with the circumstances of your case and your reformation since the offense. The governor has sole discretion in evaluating your application and the comments along with it.

What are the Effects of a Pardon?

C.R.S. 16-17-103 describes the effects of a pardon as:

(1) A pardon issued by the governor shall waive all collateral consequences associated with each conviction for which the person received a pardon unless the pardon limits the scope of the pardon regarding collateral consequences.

“Collateral Consequences” is defined as “a penalty, prohibition, bar, disadvantage, or disqualification, however denominated, imposed on an individual as a result of the individual’s conviction of an offense”

The process can be long and the paperwork is extensive. An attorney from the O’Malley Law Office can help you make sense of it all. Make sure you have the legal support you need to present your case and get a second chance.

If you or a loved one are considering applying for a pardon in Fort Collins, Loveland or Estes Park, call the O’Malley Law Office, P.C. at 970-658-0007 or submit the “Get Help Now” form to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney team members. Together, we can protect your future.