Pardon and Parole

Legal Options for Salt Lake City Probation

A conviction on criminal charges is not the end of your legal story. There are several ways for people found guilty by the American criminal justice system to earn their freedom. It is also possible to restrict public access to the permanent record of a convicted person. But taking advantage of post-conviction remedies in criminal cases requires the assistance of an experienced, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who understands the laws in the state where you were tried. If, in your case, that jurisdiction falls within the states of Utah, Colorado or Nebraska, you can find that legal representation at the Law Offices of Carl N. Anderson, III, PLLC.

Parole and Probation in Salt Lake City and Surrounding Areas

In Utah, the Board of Pardons and Parole has jurisdiction over anyone sentenced to prison for either a felony or Class A misdemeanor. Similar bodies exist in other states. This board determines if a criminal offender must serve a sentence in its entirety, or whether that person may be released from prison early on certain terms.

If you are eligible for parole in Utah or any state, an attorney experienced with parole procedures and protocols in that state can represent your interests in that matter. Such an attorney can also help individuals who have made some common errors that jeopardize the parole they have already received. Such common errors include:

  • Missing appointments with parole officers
  • Associating with people you are forbidden to see
  • Failure to perform mandated community service
  • Traveling outside your defined geographic boundaries

Salt Lake City Expungements and Pardons

Some states like Utah have defined expungement acts, which govern how records of certain arrests or convictions can be erased from a permanent criminal record. An expungement does not change the fact of the arrest or conviction — it merely seals all or part of the records related to that case. Certain government agencies can view sealed records, and expungements can be undone in some cases. But once an expungement is finalized, the public may not see the sealed portions of the records. Expungements are of particular interest to people who face charges of sex crimes or those who face sex offender registration.

Pardons are similar to expungements but even more effective. A pardon amounts to the forgiveness of a crime as well as the cancellation of its relevant penalty. Utah and Nebraska both allow their governors to pardon state offenses.

A Salt Lake City Attorney Who Knows Pardon and Parole Cases Inside and Out

Carl N. Anderson, III is an experienced criminal law attorney who understands the parole and pardon process in Utah, Nebraska and Colorado. If you or a loved one has been convicted of a crime in any of these states, he can help. Contact the Law Offices of Carl N. Anderson, III, PLLC  at (801) 997-9534 to schedule a free consultation today.


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