Legal Financial Obligations
If you presently have any outstanding legal financial obligations, which may include but not be limited to fines, court costs, supervision fees, and restitution, you are strongly encouraged to satisfy these prior to applying for executive clemency. Failure to do so may result in application processing delays or an adverse decision on your application from the Board.
There are several ways that legal financial obligations can be resolved to the Board's satisfaction. They are as follows:
- You can pay the outstanding monetary balance in full.
- You can set up a payment plan for the purpose of incrementally paying down your total fines and costs (the full balance must be paid prior to the scheduling of your Merit Review Hearing).
- You can petition either the court (court of common pleas or the magisterial district court) or the district attorney in the county that you were convicted in to waive your legal financial obligations (not including restitution). It is also important to note that these entities can also impose community service in lieu of monetary payment. Please contact the court or the district attorney's office directly for additional information.
- In cases involving restitution, you can obtain a letter from the creditor (or person owed) expressing that despite the balanced owed, they support your candidacy for executive clemency. This correspondence must come directly from the creditor.
Applicants in Southeastern Pennsylvania
If you have a criminal record from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery County and need help with expungements, limited access, pardons, or asking to waive court debt on the case you are seeking clemency for, free legal help may be available. Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania also helps eligible clients expunge records after a pardon is granted - all free of charge! Apply at https://www.lasp.org.
For more information about the subject of legal financial obligations in Pennsylvania (including what your rights are), please review the following documents: