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What is a pardon in California?

A pardon is a legal order issued by the Governor of California that grants relief from certain penalties and disabilities associated with a criminal conviction. A pardon is not a record of innocence, but rather it is an act of forgiveness from the Governor for the individual’s past crime but does not expunge or erase a conviction. Obtaining a pardon in California can be quite difficult, and it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense firm before taking any action.