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Presidential Pardon

Has anyone ever handled one for a client, got a random call saulgoodmanwannabe04/17/17
It is essentially a petition that you submit to doj. No fede trollfeeder04/17/17
wow, you learn something knew every day. sjlawyer04/17/17
I'd make sure that your retainer agreement says in bold that thirdtierlaw04/17/17
Based on Obama's statistics (pardons only, not commutations) saulgoodmanwannabe04/17/17
Wouldn't that be a 6% success rate? qport04/17/17
Yes, it's 6%. Silly lawyers. bucwild04/17/17
I'm surprised that so few requests were made and that relati flharfh04/17/17
saulgoodmanwannabe (Apr 17, 2017 - 10:16 am)

Has anyone ever handled one for a client, got a random call today asking about one? What are the chances realistically that one will ever be granted and what's an appropriate fee for one? My understanding is you just fill out the form online?

Do you need federal court admission? I don't believe they're filed in federal court and just go straight to Trump's desk?

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trollfeeder (Apr 17, 2017 - 11:38 am)

It is essentially a petition that you submit to doj. No federal admission, it isn't a judicial proceeding. You can Google the petition requirements. Bill whatever you typically bill for a demand letter, it isn't a lot of work.

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sjlawyer (Apr 17, 2017 - 1:34 pm)

wow, you learn something knew every day.

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thirdtierlaw (Apr 17, 2017 - 2:18 pm)

I'd make sure that your retainer agreement says in bold that you cannot guarantee success. What percentage of pardons are actually granted?

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saulgoodmanwannabe (Apr 17, 2017 - 2:31 pm)

Based on Obama's statistics (pardons only, not commutations), his administration received 3,395 petitions for pardons and granted 212, so 0.06% success rate.

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qport (Apr 17, 2017 - 4:06 pm)

Wouldn't that be a 6% success rate?

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bucwild (Apr 17, 2017 - 4:21 pm)

Yes, it's 6%. Silly lawyers.

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flharfh (Apr 17, 2017 - 4:29 pm)

I'm surprised that so few requests were made and that relatively many were granted. A 6% shot at getting a pardon from a felony conviction is probably a pretty good deal for a few hundred $.

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