If you've been convicted of a crime and are now serving time in prison, you may be able to file a clemency request and have your sentence reduced or dismissed altogether. Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to successfully file such a request, especially without legal assistance.
Petitioning for clemency requires communication with the Governor of Hawaii. Many requests flood the governor's office daily, meaning it is not uncommon for clemency petitions to be denied. At the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC, we know that you may be experiencing immense frustration over your circumstances. Our Honolulu criminal defense attorney is here to fight for your rights and work tirelessly to get your situation improved.
Although all petitions for Hawaii state convictions must go through the governor, other individuals assist in the process of approving or denying petitions. Pardons for federal convictions must go through the United States Department of Justice. The process of requesting clemency is fairly simple: you must write a letter to the governor and await the decision.
Your letter should include at least the following information:
Whether your request will be granted depends on your circumstances and your behavior since your conviction. The more compelling your reason for petitioning clemency, the better your chances of actually receiving a pardon.
Statistics show that the governor grants less than half of clemency petitions received each year. Our firm would be honored to take on the challenge of helping you purse a pardon for your conviction and receive a new lease on life.
It is imperative that you contact our firm as soon as possible! Today is the best time to start taking control of your future.