Restoration of Rights

Three Things You Need to Know About Rights Restoration in Virginia

Being convicted of a felony often carries an unfair stigma. Long after you’ve paid your dues, that conviction can prevent you from exercising your constitutional rights to vote, serve on a jury or run for office. That’s why I gladly help eligible people get their civil rights restored.

Here are the three things you need to know about rights restoration in Virginia.

1. You Have to Meet Certain Criteria to Get Your Rights Restored

Not everyone is eligible for rights restoration. The main thing is that you must be completely finished serving the sentence for your crime, including any term of supervised release (such as probation or parole).

2. Civil Rights Restoration Does Not Include the Right to Carry a Firearm

While the right to bear arms is protected by the Constitution, it’s not included in Virginia civil rights restoration. If you have a felony conviction and you want to legally carry a gun, you’ll need to petition the court to have your gun rights restored. I can help you with that process.

3. In Virginia, Restoration of Your Civil Rights Is Not Guaranteed

Civil rights for felons are restored by the Governor of Virginia. As an attorney, I can help you request that your rights be restored, but I can’t ensure that the request will be granted. If your rights were restored by Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order in 2016, that restoration may have been overturned by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Click here to look up your name and Social Security number to see the current status of your civil rights.

Margaret B. Davis is a criminal defense attorney in Richmond, Virginia, who helps clients petition for civil rights restoration — at no cost. Call or text (804) 354-8800 anytime for a confidential, free consultation.