Criminal Defense Attorney Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina Pardon and Parole Attorney - Matt Bodman Can Help You Get Your Rights Back

You have options after a criminal conviction in South Carolina. Matt Bodman is a highly skilled pardon and parole attorney who represents clients in parole hearings as well as pardon applications and hearings.

Parole Hearings

If you are granted parole, you can complete your sentence in the community. But just because you may be eligible for parole doesn't mean you will be granted parole. About 20 percent of people who seek parole are successful. For violent offenders, it's even more difficult. Only 15 percent are paroled.

That's why it's wise to have an experienced parole attorney such as Matt Bodman in your corner. A former prosecutor, Matt Bodman knows what the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (DPPPS) is looking for when it considers cases. Attorney Bodman can examine your case and background to develop a convincing argument for your release into the community.

If you or your family member is eligible for a parole, contact Matt Bodman, P.A., today for a free consultation. Act promptly to make sure we have sufficient time to carefully prepare your parole request. Matt Bodman can be with you through the process and make sure you understand your rights and options.


A criminal conviction can follow you for years or decades. You may be unable to secure certain jobs, be admitted to schools or the military. You may give up certain rights other citizens might take for granted. Even if you've "done your time," you may feel in some respects that you're still a prisoner of your past.

But in the state of South Carolina, you have options to minimize the consequences of a conviction.  Whether you were convicted on a DUI or drug charge or were found guilty of theft or a white collar crime, you can apply for a pardon. A pardon does not erase a conviction, but it ends the penalties and punishments that resulted from the criminal conviction. (A pardon does not affect sex offender status).

Benefits of obtaining a pardon for a criminal conviction in SC

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

  • The right to vote
  • 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

Attorney Matt Bodman can help you through the lengthy process of applying to the 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 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.

Attorney Bodman can help you present your case in the best light. He will start by helping prepare a strong application to the DPPPS with proper documentation. He personally can appear at the Paroles and Pardons Board hearing. Matt Bodman has worked as a prosecutor for the state as well as a criminal defense attorney. He's very familiar with how both sides work in the criminal justice system.

Give your case an edge. Contact Matt Bodman, P.A., if you are considering applying for a pardon in South Carolina. Call (866) 806-8608 for a free consultation.


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