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TEXAS BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES

WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF A FULL PARDON?

For those convicted of a felony offense, a full pardon restores certain citizenship rights forfeited by law, such as the right to vote, to serve on a jury, to hold public office and to serve as executor or administrator of an estate.  In Texas, when a person discharges a felony sentence the right to vote is automatically restored.  Information on qualifications for voting may be obtained from the local county clerk’s office or the Secretary of State.

A full pardon removes barriers to some, but not all, types of employment and professional licensing.  Professional licenses are granted by the state licensing board for each profession, and individuals may contact those boards directly to learn whether a pardon is necessary or sufficient to restore eligibility in a particular field.  Information about licensing may be obtained from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations.  A pardon will not restore eligibility to become a licensed peace officer in Texas.

A person receiving a full pardon after a conviction is entitled to an expunction of all arrest records relating to the conviction.  This is not automatic but only results from petitioning the appropriate county court. 

 

 

Updated 04/01/2013

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