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Pardons

There are two ways that someone sentenced to state prison can obtain relief: (1) the Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon, and (2) the Direct Application for Pardon.

A full pardon restores all of the rights and privileges of which the person was deprived by reason of the conviction, with some exceptions. In addition, a pardon may relieve a sex offender of the duty to register under Penal Code Section 290 in select circumstances. A pardon does not automatically restore any license, permit, or certificate that had been taken as the result of the conviction.

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