Criminal Defense Attorney Columbia, South Carolina

Convicted and Want Your Rights Back? Get a South Carolina Pardon Lawyer

A South Carolina pardon attorney can help you seek redemption

A criminal conviction can come back to haunt you long after you’ve paid your debt to society, but Attorney Matt Bodman believes most ex-offenders are entitled to a second chance. Convictions ─ whether they’re for DUI, drug or other criminal charges ─ can strip a person of their dignity and self-worth.

People who have a criminal record frequently struggle to secure employment, enroll in school, find housing, volunteer in their community, and maintain healthy relationships, all because they carry with them the stigma of a prior conviction. Redemption is a core American value, and an estimated 65 million Americans face significant barriers because they have been red-flagged as ex-offenders.

Attorney Matt Bodman is a former public prosecutor in Richland County who knows how the system works in South Carolina. Attorney Bodman understands that people who accept responsibility and serve their sentences are confronted with problems because of their criminal history. If you have been previously convicted of a crime and want to restore your rights so you can get your life back on track, you have options, and Attorney Matt Bodman can help you explore those options. Contact the South Carolina law firm of Matt Bodman, P.A. today for a free consultation.

Let a pardon lawyer help with your South Carolina criminal conviction

Attorney Matt Bodman can answer your questions and help you through the process of applying to the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services Board, which grants most types of pardons. The application process involves submitting letters of reference and a $100 fee. The Board will review your application, perform an investigation, and schedule a hearing. The entire process could take up to nine months. The Board generally grants pardons to applicants who are able to demonstrate they have made positive personal changes to their lives.

If you receive a pardon, the following civil rights are restored:

  • The right to serve on a jury
  • The right to hold most public offices
  • The right to resume a licensed profession
  • The right to testify in court without having evidence presented about the conviction

Whether you were convicted on a DUI or drug charges or you were found guilty of theft or a white collar crime, Attorney Matt Bodman can help you apply for a pardon. A pardon does not expunge (erase) a conviction, but it restores your civil rights that resulted from the criminal conviction. (A pardon does not affect sex offender status).

Attorney Matt Bodman can help you present your case in the best light. He will start by helping you prepare a strong application to the DPPPS with proper documentation, and he will personally appear at the Paroles and Pardons Board hearing.

Give your case an edge. Take steps to take back control of your life. Contact the South Carolina law firm of Matt Bodman, P.A. today for a free consultation.

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