- People can apply for presidential pardons, and those requests may be accepted or denied by the President.
- The Justice Department suggests that convicted criminals wait at least five years before applying for a presidential pardon.
- The president can pardon people on his/her own, even if they didn't request a pardon or don't want one.
- Presidential pardons can be made at any time, sometimes even before the criminal has served a single day in jail.
- A pardon doesn't mean the criminal is considered innocent of the crime. A pardon just means they don't have to submit to the rest of their punishment.
- Pardoned criminals still have a crime on their records.
- An example of a presidential pardon was President Gerald Ford’s dismissal of any charges against former President Richard Nixon.
- An example of a presidential pardon is a pardon for a person who broke a tax law.
The definition of a presidential pardon is the right of the leader of a country to forgive someone for a crime, or to excuse someone from a punishment. In the U.S. Article II of the United States Constitution gives the President the power to pardon people for federal crimes.