Occasionally people convicted of a crime in Maine are interested in seeking a pardon or clemency, which can be granted in a few ways. One is through executive clemency, which is the power given exclusively to the Governor allowing them to grant either a commutation (partial or full reduction of a sentence) or a pardon (official forgiveness for a crime or crimes).
What You Need To Know
- A person is not eligible for a pardon until five years have passed since they completed their sentence, including any period of probation.
- Pardons for OUI convictions will not be considered by the Governor's Board.
- Pardons sought solely for the purpose of permitting a felon to possess firearms will not be considered by the Governor's Board.
- Pardons sought in order to remove a person from the Sex Offender Registry will not be considered by the Governor's Board.
- Pardons sought to permit travel to Canada by otherwise excluded people will not be considered by the Governor's Board.
Getting a petition for a pardon or executive clemency reviewed is considerably more complicated than simply writing a polite letter asking nicely. As experienced criminal defense lawyers, we can guide you through the process, including collecting necessary documents, preparing and submitting the application, and preparing a presentation to the Governor's Board on Executive Clemency.
More detailed information on Executive Clemency is available here.