Hello,My name is XXXXX XXXXX X am an experienced criminal lawyer.Unfortunately, assuming yours was a New Hampshire felony, your state is not generous when it comes to wiping an offense off of your record. Only a very few minor criminal matters can be expunged. The rest can be annulled if you wait long enough, but not if your offense is considered to be a crime of violence, which yours would be.That leaves you two options. The first is to apply to the governor of your state for a pardon. While pardons are usually a longshot, if you have been out of difficulty with the law for 43 years. you would have a far better chance at a pardon than the overwhelming majority of applicants. Pardons are free and are always worth applying for. Although it doesn't erase your record, it would still be official proof that you turned your life around. The form is not on the web. You would have to request it from the Governor's Office here:Department of Justice33 Capitol StreetConcord, NH 03301A very expensive remote possibility might be to hire a lawyer to get your case before the judge and petition for it to be dismissed in the interest of justice. This would not be supported by the penal and procedural laws in your state and also the petition would have to come before the very same judge who presided over your case, so it may be a longer than longshot. However, a judge always has power under Equity to grant a petition like that even when the law doesn't provide for it, if it is necessary to prevent an injustice from occurring. So with a particulary compelling argument, if the judge is willing to hear the petition in the first place, it could happen for you. It seems to me that after 43 years of living an exemplary life, a lawyer may be able to persuade the judge to at least hear the argument. Courts are sparing in their use of the equity power and many judges will not touch this at all, but it is something you could explore with a local criminal lawyer who would be able to tell you how viable this would be with your particular judge and whether it would be worth the money you'd have to lay out to get it done.I wish you luck.
if i remember, the judge was pretty old. when this happened. he is probably dead by now .so i guess ill have to live with this,till i'm dead also. if i could ask one more question, is it possible for me to get a passport?my wife and i have dreamed of traveling when she retires. i am so sick over this ,it feels like it happened yesterday.i'm so sorry i wish i could be born over again. a reply would be nice. THANK YOU so much . yours truely Walter Rivard,
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