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Federal Pardon Powers

The U.S. Department of Justice maintains exclusive authority to pardon federal crimes. Because the District of Columbia is a federal District, DC crimes are federal crimes, thus in order to have a DC crime expunged one must seek a presidential pardon. The DC Code does grant the mayor the power to pardon crimes, however, the U.S. department of justice has interpreted this as applying to only municipal violations. Xpunge Me! Helps DC residents and residents of every State seek relief from federal offenses by means of Presidential Pardons. If a petition is denied, one must wait two years before trying again. Put your best foot forward and consider consulting with an attorney at Xpunge Me! to help you with your petition.

Presidential Pardon

Presidential Pardon

What is a Pardon?

A pardon is forgiveness for a criminal offense. It is a strong form of social proof that the receiver of a pardon has paid back his or her debt to society, and is an upstanding citizen. Granted relief does not seal records from public view, that power is reserved for the Superior Court of The District of Columbia. However, one may be used to to justify an expungement.

Presidential/Federal Pardon Information and Process

An extensive list of the petition process can be found here. Below is a condensed version.

  1. One seeking forgiveness of a DC or federal offense must submit a petition through The United States Office of the Pardon Attorney;
  2. A petitioner must wait a minimum of five years ;
  3. The petitioner must state the purpose he or she wants a pardon for, and how a petition may help that purpose;
  4. Persons with multiple federal convictions must include information.
  5. Arrest records must be provided;
  6. Credit and civil lawsuit status should be provided;
  7. At least three haracter references must be provided.

Xpunge Me! All States and DC Federal Pardon Practice!

B. Xavier Pendergraft Esq. is a defense attorney with a passion for helping others get a second chance. Call 301-200-0777 or e-mail [email protected] for a free consultation.

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