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Any conviction in criminal court for an offense categorized as a felony will result in the automatic loss of civil rights. For example, the right to vote, own and purchase firearms, and hold public office. While state law does allow convicted individuals to apply for the restoration of these rights, this process can be challenging to navigate without experienced legal counsel.

If you have finished serving your sentence for a felony conviction and have not already had your rights restored, speak with a skilled attorney at the Grand Canyon Law Group. A Chandler rights restoration lawyer could be vital ally for this process. An experienced lawyer can help with following initial application procedures to advocating effectively for your best interests during a court hearing.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR RIGHTS RESTORATION?

In Arizona, first-time felony offenders automatically have their rights to vote, hold office, and serve on juries restored after they complete all terms of imprisonment, probation, and/or parole imposed. Alternatively, a person may have their rights restored two years after receiving an absolute discharge from imprisonment.

For second and subsequent convictions, rights restoration is not automatic. Eligible defendants in Chandler must formally apply for rights restoration with help from a knowledgeable lawyer.

RESTORATION OF GUN RIGHTS IN CHANDLER

As a local attorney could explain, unique rules apply to the restoration of gun rights. Regardless of a defendant’s criminal history, they must wait at least two years after receiving an absolute discharge before applying, or 10 years if they were convicted for a “serious offense.” Additionally, their application would proceed separately from any other application for the restoration of other civil rights, although both may be filed simultaneously.

Importantly, individuals convicted of any “dangerous offense” are permanently ineligible to have their gun rights restored. Furthermore, following a conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence or a similar offense may require applying for the conviction to be “set aside” rather than pursuing traditional rights restoration.

BASIC STEPS IN THE RIGHTS RESTORATION PROCESS

An individual who is eligible for rights restoration in Chandler may begin the application process by filing a petition. Their probation officer or lawyer may file this document with the court clerk in the Maricopa County Superior Court (if they were convicted for a state-level offense). Courts are prohibited from imposing filing fees against anyone seeking to submit this kind of application.

APPROVED RESTORATION OF RIGHTS

A valid application will result in the court scheduling a hearing where the applicant may present their case for why their rights should be restored. If this hearing ends with the court approving the application, the defendant’s rights will be restored, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety will note that restoration in their criminal record.

DENIAL OF RIGHTS RESTORATION

In the event of a denial, the court will provide the rationale behind their decision in writing. The petitioner may submit a request for reconsideration, depending on the circumstances. The well-practiced rights restoration lawyers at our Chandler office can further advise on what to do in this scenario.

CONTACT A CHANDLER RIGHTS RESTORATION ATTORNEY FOR REPRESENTATION

Compared to many other states, Arizona provides more opportunities for people convicted of felonies to have their rights restored. However, the process of restoring your civil liberties after a conviction is still challenging, and a positive outcome is not guaranteed.

A Chandler rights restoration lawyer can help ease the process and fight for your best interests. To get the support you need and move forward with your life, call the Grand Canyon Law Group today and schedule a consultation.

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