I have included many details so someone could me an accurate assessment.
Nine years ago, I was convicted of unarmed robbery in the state of new jersey but now live in Pennsylvania. I was told robbery of any kind is not expungable in New Jersey.This being so, I wanted to know what the chance are of a pardon.
1 Here are the circumstances.I was and 1st time offender and have not committed or convicted of anything since.
2 I was very intoxicated when this incident occurred and was trying to shoplift a $7.00 piece of fish. I had developed a serious problem with alcohol.
3. No one was hurt. I tried to swing at the uncovered security guard- missed -- and was tackled on the ground.
4. Was not even taken to jail but the police drove me home after charging me.
5. Hired an attorney who was a DUI specialist and he told me not to be concerned because I was a 1st time offender and no one was hurt and that it would be down graded.
6. Nine months later, attorney calls me out of the blue and says I need to hire a real criminal defense attorney because they want to put me in prison for up to nine years.
7. Did the best I could with hiring a criminal def. attorney with the limited money I had and ended up being convicted and serving nine months on house arrest which was lowered to 6 months due to good behavior.
8. I never even knew I was being indicted. I never knew that my - pre trial - intervention for 1st time offenders was denied- No one ever told me any of : they want to put you in jail for 9 months.
Do any of these factors help or count in a receiving a pardon. I was a professional in the field of psychology and with this offense sooooooooo many employers said - "No Thank You" when I tried to find employment once I took care of the drinking problem.
To say this incident was life altering is to understate. I went from being a professional with advanced degrees, experience and.... to washing dishes at Denny's Rest. and being rejected for apartments and anything else you can think of.
Does anyone know if I would be a candidate for a pardon or anything else. Thanks