December 31, 2014 By Stephen Klarich


On Christmas Eve, California Governor Jerry Brown issued 105 governor’s pardons. He retracted one pardon to a man who had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators.

A Governor’s Pardon can help you restore some of your civil rights, such as the right to own a firearm. If you are interested in applying for a Governor’s Pardon, call a Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney right away.

You should apply now in order to be considered for a pardon on Easter. Governor Brown has an annual tradition of issuing pardons on Easter and Christmas Eve. In 2013, Governor Brown issued 63 pardons on Easter. It takes time to prepare an application for a governor’s pardon. Your attorney can help you prepare the application quickly and accurately.

How a Governor’s Pardon Can Help You

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Now is the best time to apply for a governor’s pardon.

A governor’s pardon is a way to regain some rights you may have lost due to a felony conviction or a specified misdemeanor sex offense. These rights include the right to serve on a jury and the right to own a firearm. It could also end your requirement to register as a sex offender for life. After receiving a Governor’s Pardon, you can also apply for jobs not available to convicted felons, such as county probation officer or state parole agent.

A Governor’s Pardon is different than an expungement. An expungement allows you not to disclose an offense for certain purposes. It does not restore your civil rights.

What Types of Crimes Have Been Pardoned?

Governor Brown has pardoned 511 people since taking office in 2011. This is far more than previous governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis and Pete Wilson combined. The three past governors issued a combined total of just 29 pardons over 20 years.

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The list of crimes that Governor Brown pardoned on Christmas Eve include:

  • 16 governor’s pardons for possession of a controlled substance for sale
  • 14 governor’s pardons for possession of a controlled substance
  • 10 governor’s pardons for burglary
  • 6 governor’s pardons for grand theft
  • 6 governor’s pardons for robbery
  • 6 governor’s pardons for transportation or sale of a controlled substance
  • 4 governor’s pardons for possession or purchase of a controlled substance for sale
  • 4 governor’s pardons for sale and transportation of marijuana
  • 3 governor’s pardons for assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm
  • 3 governor’s pardons for planting, harvesting or processing marijuana
  • 3 governor’s pardons for vehicle theft
  • 2 governor’s pardons for burning or destroying insured property
  • 2 governor’s pardons for cultivation of marijuana
  • 2 governor’s pardons for manufacture of a controlled substance
  • 2 governor’s pardons for conspiracy to commit a crime – manufacture a controlled substance
  • 2 governor’s pardons for transportation of a controlled substance
  • 1 governor’s pardons for assault with a firearm on person
  • 1 governor’s pardons for attempted grand theft from person
  • 1 governor’s pardons for dissuading or preventing witness from testifying
  • 1 governor’s pardons for DMV fraud
  • 1 governor’s pardons for DUI causing injury
  • 1 governor’s pardons for DUI of alcohol
  • 1 governor’s pardons for inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant
  • 1 governor’s pardons for knowingly receiving stolen property
  • 1 governor’s pardons for manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of ephedrine and acid to manufacture meth, and child endangerment
  • 1 governor’s pardons for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous weapon
  • 1 governor’s pardons for possession of a controlled substance for sale and planting or cultivating marijuana
  • 1 governor’s pardons for possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession or purchase of a controlled substance for sale, and transportation of a controlled substance for sale
  • 1 governor’s pardons for possession of a controlled substance while armed
  • 1 governor’s pardons for possession of a dangerous drug for sale
  • 1 governor’s pardons for possession of phencyclidine for sale
  • 1 governor’s pardons for possession or purchase of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance for sale
  • 1 governor’s pardons for selling or furnishing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale
  • 1 governor’s pardons for soliciting to commit murder
  • 1 governor’s pardons for transportation and sale of a controlled substance
  • 1 governor’s pardons for vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence

Are You Eligible for a Governor’s Pardon?

In order to be eligible for a governor’s pardon, you must:

  • Have completed your sentence, which includes your term of probation or parole;
  • Be discharged from probation or parole for at least 10 years;
  • Demonstrate exemplary behavior; and
  • Have led a productive and law-abiding life following your conviction.

When you apply for a governor’s pardon, you must be transparent about your life and your finances. Each case is investigated and assessed individually.

Wallin & Klarich Can Help You Obtain a Governor’s Pardon

Jerry Brown
Jerry Brown has issued more pardons than previous governors.

If you want to apply for a governor’s pardon, call the criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich immediately. Your attorney will look at your personal history and help you with all of the necessary applications. Our experienced criminal attorneys have been successfully helping our clients obtain a governor’s pardon for over 40 years. We can help you today.

We have offices in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville. We are able to help you no matter where you work or live.

Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.

AUTHOR: Stephen Klarich

Stephen Klarich is a partner at Wallin & Klarich and expert in the field of sex crimes. For over thirty years, Stephen Klarich has been handling criminal cases and matters involving sex offenses. With an unparalleled knowledge of sex crimes defense, Stephen Klarich protects his clients’ rights. Stephen Klarich has experienced significant success in obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation or Governor’s Pardon for his clients. Thousands of clients have put their trust in Stephen Klarich and the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich in their time of legal need.

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