Can You Get A Presidential Pardon For A State Crime ?  

No, you cannot get a presidential pardon for a state crime. According to the U.S. Constitution, pardon may be granted by the President only in case of federal criminal convictions, like the ones obtained in the District Courts of the US. The royal power to grant pardon has also been extended to those convictions that are obtained in the court-martial proceedings of military as well as in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

However, the President does not hold the power to grant pardon for a state criminal offense. This is because the power of presidential pardon is applicable only to crimes against laws that fall directly under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal government.

In case of state crimes, the power to grant pardon for crimes under the state criminal law lies with the governor of the state. However, in some U.S. states, the power of pardon lies with the governor and the appointed board, or with the board and an appointed agency, in a hybrid arrangement. In view of that, if you are looking for leniency in punishment for a state crime, you should get in touch with the Governor or other suitable authorities of your resident state or of the state where the conviction occurred to find out if any reprieve is obtainable by you under the state law.

Another thing to bear in mind is that no petition for a pardon can be submitted by you if you are on parole or probation. Also, your application for pardon should be connected only to crimes against the laws of the US. Applications for pardon in case of state crimes should be submitted to the concerned authority or official of the state where the conviction happened.

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