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What were you convicted of?
Also, how old were you when you were convicted?
I was convicted of Offense: Possession with Intent to Distribute and conspiracy. The drug involved is known as ecstasy or methamphetamine.
Right now I am 42, I was 38.
Unfortunately, New Mexico statutes do not make an expungement available to a person in your position.
What about a pardon or any other process to seal the records(I am not sure if I am using the correct words)?
Under NM law, only certain crimes are available for an expungement when a person is convicted.
You can certainly apply for a pardon, and if you receive one, you will qualify to have the arrest expunged.
Also, with a full pardon, your civil rights, such as the right to vote and possess a firearm are restored.
Below is the information you need to apply for a pardon:
Great, thanks that's exactly what I needed and need to know.
There is probably a filing fee, right?
Some states have filing fees. I can't say for sure what they are in New Mexico.
While I definitely encourage you to apply, you should know that very few pardons a year are actually granted.
Okay, that's a very helpful link and I think I am going to try to build my pardon and ask nicely.
Is there anything else that could be good in a parXXXXX XXXXXke a letter of recommendation from my boss at work, teacher at NMSU or citizen letter of reference?
When you apply, be sure to focus on your rehabilitation and how the felony is adversely effecting you now.
If they are asking for reference letters, yes those would all be good.
I am gainfully employed, 6 months ago, and explained to my employer my rehabilitation, regret, and that I am no longer associated with my past associations. Also, I had my 6 month review with my hiring manager at HP working with computers and everything is fine.
Those are all important points to make.
Thanks I have what I need, I am going to say goodby for now and give you "Excellent Service". Thanks!