Governor Christ Christie, in one of his last acts in public office, has granted a pardon application filed by Jordan B. Rickards on behalf of a client.

The client had suffered from a serious substance abuse addiction in the 1980s and 1990s, and accumulated too many convictions to be eligible for an expungement.  He worked hard to beat his habit, started a family, put himself through technical school, and advanced in the aerospace engineering field, helping to design components for GPS satellites and the JDAM bombs used by the United States military.  Because of his convictions, however, he was unable to secure the top clearance he needed to advance further in his field, and had difficulty finding new employment when contracts expired.

Jordan Rickards petitioned the governor’s office directly for a pardon (also known as executive clemency).  After submitting a lengthy written application extolling the client’s many virtues, including his community involvement and 18-year sobriety, Rickards and the client were invited to meet with top attorneys from the Christie Administration at the Office of the Governor in Trenton.  A lengthy interview ensued, with Rickards advocating for the pardon on behalf of the client.

On January 12, 2018, with only three days left in his administration, Governor Christie phone Rickards to inform him that the pardon had been granted, and to congratulate him for his successful advocacy on behalf of his client.

Pardon applications are complicated, are rarely granted, and require diligent advocacy.  If you are not eligible for an expungement, and you would like to pursue a pardon, contact The Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards, Esq., at 732-297-8200, or use the contact form, to schedule a consultation.