Is Your Punishment Too Harsh?
At Hoskins & Penton, we help clients receive clemency, both in Clearwater and throughout Florida. If you have prior convictions, you can sometimes qualify for a clemency hearing. This is an avenue that can restore rights that had been taken away. It can also enhance your future employment possibilities and overall quality of life. We also help our clients restore their civil rights.
Restoring Your Civil Rights
We have handled cases involving a life sentence as well as less severe offenses. In either situation, the individual has the right to ask for a clemency hearing. With more than 50 years of combined experience as criminal defense attorneys, we have established a solid working relationship with the criminal justice system. We will obtain an interview with a local representative of the state and explain to them why our clients deserve clemency. Then we will travel to Tallahassee for the hearing before the governor and cabinet members making up the clemency board.
With proper representation, clients can reduce existing jail time and commute a criminal sentence.
Criminal Sentence Reduction
When seeking a commutation hearing, we work to get as many people as possible involved with our client’s case. Family members, friends, neighbors and law enforcement officers, to name a few, can take part in helping to convince the governor to commute a sentence. By requesting a hearing before the clemency board, we provide our clients with a chance to have past sentences commuted. We will guide you through the entire process from start to finish.
Pardons And Commuted Sentences: What’s The Difference?
At your clemency hearing, two favorable outcomes are possible. A commutation of your sentence will reduce the amount of time you have to serve, allowing an early release.
A full pardon is very difficult to secure; however, it is very beneficial. When you are pardoned, you will be released from prison and have your guilty verdict forgiven, but the arrest and the crime itself will remain on the record. The final result, however, is the complete and total restoration of your rights and privileges as a free citizen.
Find Out How We Can Help
We want to make sure that sentences are not worse than they have to be. To discuss your situation or that of a loved one, please reach out to our office. Our lawyers are available by phone at 727-475-6448 or online.