Presidential Clemency Help – Commutation of Sentence
Our office has extensive experience with preparing and submitting requests for presidential clemency, which includes petitions for commutation of sentence. If you or your loved one would like to apply for clemency, please contact our office today to discuss how we can assist.
What Is A Petition for Commutation of Sentence?
The Constitution gives the President the authority to grant pardons and commutations. A commutation can reduce a person’s sentence, the fine or restitution that may be owed, and any portion of federal supervised release. Presidential clemency authority is very broad. Neither Congress nor the Courts have the authority to override presidential clemency decisions.
How to Request a Commutation of Sentence
An offender can seek presidential clemency if they are still serving their sentence and do not have any appeals or other legal challenges currently pending.
To apply for a commutation, an offender must submit a commutation petition to the Office of the Pardon Attorney. The Office of the Pardon Attorney will usually conduct an investigation once it receives the petition and obtain reports from the prison warden where the offender is incarcerated. The warden generally submits progress reports about the offender’s behavior and other case information. The Office of the Pardon Attorney will also usually contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the judge in the case to get their opinions regarding whether clemency in the form of a commutation should be granted.
After the Office of the Pardon Attorney reviews this information, a recommendation will be made to the President on whether to grant or deny the application. If the president grants a commutation, the pardon attorney prepares the necessary paperwork and communicates same to the Bureau of Prisons. Commutation decisions are final and unappealable. An offender can re-apply for a commutation after waiting one year if denied.
The Office of the Pardon Attorney uses a standard commutation form that must be submitted in each case. You can access that form here: Clemency Commutation Form. When our office submits a request for clemency, we do not simply send the commutation form, though. Rather, we enhance the presentation of the petition by telling the person’s story, what they have done since they have been in prison, and what their plans are for the future are. We also obtain support letters from family and friends.
We Offer Presidential Clemency Help At Reasonable Rates
If you would like to apply for clemency for yourself or a family member, please contact our office today to discuss how we can assist.