Generally, restoring your civil rights in Arizona is simple for first time offenders and not impossible for subsequent convictions.
Restoring Civil Rights:
If you’re convicted of a felony, you will lose certain civil rights under the Arizona and Federal Constitutions. Some of these important rights include the right to vote, the right to bear arms, and the right to serve on a jury. The good news is that these rights can usually be earned back. In fact, Arizona is is actually quite generous in restoring these important civil rights after a conviction. The speed in which you can restore those rights will depend of the type of offense and how many.
First time offenses:
For first time felony offenders, upon successful completion of probation or discharge from prison, you’re civil rights are automatically restored as long as you paid all fines and restitution. 1 However, this does not apply to your right to bear arms. Even for first time offenses, you must apply to restore your gun rights before possessing a firearm. If you don’t, you could be charged with a very serious felony offense.
Second time offenses:
If you’ve been convicted of two or more felonies, then it’s up to the court when to restore your civil rights. 2 If you were sentenced to probation on your second offense, a judge may restore your rights upon application only after successful discharge from probation. If you’re currently on probation, speak with your probation officer about how to start this process.
But if you were sentenced to prison on your second offense, you can’t apply for restoration of your rights until two years after your absolute discharge from prison. Just because you wait two years does not mean the judge will automatically restore this right. You will need to apply to restore your right and provide good reasons why those rights must be restored.
It’s time to restore your civil rights:
No matter how long its been or what your record is, you should look into restoring your civil rights. I’ve had numerous successes and I absolutely love this part of my job. I take great pleasure in helping others get back up after they’ve been knocked down. I detest the fact that our criminal justice system labels people without regard to who they really are and that those labels cause so much collateral damage to those who need help getting back on their feet. More importantly, your constitutional rights are just as important as everyone else’s even if you’ve made some mistakes. We’re all citizens of this great country and we want our voice to be heard. I’ll assist you in getting your civil rights back. Removing the scarlet letter of conviction and restoring dignity is important to me. Even if you’ve tried to restore your civil rights and failed, come and see me. I find that a little elbow grease up front gets the job done right.