For more than 13 years, Samuel Morison served as a staff attorney in the Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA), which is the component within the Justice Department (DOJ) that is responsible for assisting the President in the exercise of the pardon power. In this capacity, he was responsible for reviewing literally hundreds of petitions for all forms of executive clemency, including pardon, commutation (reduction) of sentence, and remission of fine. This involved supervising the necessary background investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and preparing the Justice Department’s report and recommendation to the President regarding the disposition of individual cases.
Based on this experience, Mr. Morison is intimately familiar with all of the aspects of the advisory process implemented by the Office of the Pardon Attorney. He understands the substantive standards that the Department applies when they evaluate pardon and commutation applications. This is critically important to your chances of success. While not legally binding on the President, all recent Presidents have relied heavily on DOJ's recommendations in deciding who to pardon and whose sentence to commute (which shortens their time in prison). Thus, if the Department recommends that an application should be denied, the applicant will have little chance of receiving the pardon or sentence commutation they seek from the President.
If you have been convicted of a felony offense in federal court or by military court martial, you are subject to the many “civil disabilities” that are imposed in consequence of such a conviction. As a convicted felon, you are prohibited by law from possessing a firearm, even for recreational hunting purposes. You are also subject to a bewildering array of employment and licensing restrictions under state and federal laws that may restrict your career options. If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you may be subject to deportation, even for a first offense. So, even if you have paid your debt to society, there is a real sense in which any felony conviction carries a life sentence.
If your life and career are being hindered by these legal barriers, or you simply would like the peace of mind that comes from being officially forgiven for a past mistake, a Presidential pardon may be your only avenue of relief.
The preparation of a persuasive clemency application is an exacting process, with many hidden pitfalls. In addition, you should be prepared for a thorough investigation into your personal background and current activities by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to determine your suitability for executive clemency. Since the majority of pardon applications are denied, you need the expertise of a lawyer who knows how the process actually works from the inside to guide you through it.
No one can guarantee that you will actually receive a pardon from the President. However, Mr. Morison is uniquely qualified to give you a realistic evaluation of your case. If you choose to apply for a pardon, he can help you prepare an application that will give you the best possible chance of obtaining a favorable outcome.
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