I have a restraining order against me. It is temporary and I am 18. It was a misunderstanding, but I am in college and will be moving to a university and do not want this on my record. If I do get hit with the permanent version,can I get it pardoned?
This is an interesting question one of which I don't know the answer right away. I doubt that the Governor can pardon away what is in fact a civil action but I have never looked it up. However that is only part not of the problem you face.
Even if the Governor could issue a pardon in this instance the fact of the matter is that Governor Nixon is extremely unlikely to do so. Pardons at both the State and Federal levels have become increasing rare. Such that pinning any hope on them is unrealistic.
There is something you can do right now that might help. Hire an attorney to represent you in the permanent protection order hearing. With a good attorney it might be possible to win if it is after all only a misunderstanding. It is certainly a much better chance than representing yourself.
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The power to pardon relates to criminal, not civil cases. But since thee governor doesn't actually grant pardons, its really a moot point.
A permanent order of protection is permanently available on Case Net under current law. But so far as I know no one has sought relief seeking to close such a record after the order has expired. Certainly there aren't any really good policy reasons for leaving it available.
If you have money in the bank you ought to be able to find a lawyer to take the matter on for you.
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