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Restoration of Civil Rights/Firearms Privileges in Missouri
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Missouri Pardons in a Nutshell
There are 3 types of clemency available in Missouri:
• Full Pardon – A full pardon does not remove the conviction from your criminal record. A full pardon restores all rights of citizenship and removes any disqualification or punitive effect stemming from the conviction.
• Partial Pardon – A partial pardon provides limited relief and can take a variety of forms, depending on your circumstances. It does not provide the full scope of relief from collateral consequences of conviction, as does a full pardon. Restoration of rights is an example of a partial pardon.
• Commutation of Sentence – This type of clemency applies to individuals serving a sentence of confinement in a correctional facility. The governor may release the individual without further obligation to the sentence, reduce the term of the sentence but not release the individual from confinement or remove restrictions attached to the sentence.
Note: A pardon will not expunge your record. The criminal history record maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be updated to include pardon information, but it will still be maintained as an open record and will be available to the general public.
You must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible to petition the Governor for clemency.
- You are required to have been fully discharged for three years from incarceration and/or probation or parole supervision.
- You must not have received a conviction within the three-year period immediately prior to the application for Executive Clemency. (Convictions for minor traffic offenses will not be considered)
- You cannot have any charges pending at the time of the application.
- You cannot have been denied an Executive Clemency within the past three years.
- Probation judgments in which imposition of sentence was suspended are not eligible for Executive Clemency except in cases where a punitive collateral consequence attaches.
Other Free Missouri Legal Resources
The Criminal Justice Ministry of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louis Council has the distinct and important mission of serving prisoners, victims, their families, ex-offenders, and others involved in the criminal justice system.
The ArchCity Defenders work to break the cycle of “revolving door justice” in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The ArchCity Defenders strive to provide holistic criminal and civil legal services to the homeless and working poor in the St. Louis Region.
The mission of Better Family Life is to plan and establish social, cultural, artistic, youth, economic, housing and educational programs that help to promote positive and innovative changes within the metropolitan St. Louis area. Much of Better Family Life’s programming is geared towards people who are unemployed, underemployed, disadvantaged and skill-deficient.