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Two Women Pardoned for Drug Crimes

Two Women Pardoned for Drug Crimes

Many Nebraska residents might feel that an arrest for a drug crime is the end of their lives. While it can greatly complicate life, there are options for defendants to get their lives back on track even if they are convicted and must spend time in jail or prison. For two people in Nebraska, the recent actions of the outgoing United States President have given them a huge boost in their efforts to move forward with their lives in positive manners.

In one day, the current President granted clemency to more people at one time than ever before by a U.S. President. This included 78 presidential pardons and 153 shortened sentences. Among those pardoned were two Nebraska residents. Both women had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute a drug. One woman was convicted nearly 25 years ago in 1992 and the other nearly 12 years ago in 2005.

Thanks to their presidential pardons, they now have regained their full rights as U.S. citizens. They may apply for federal loans, grants and educational assistance. They may own weapons. They can serve on juries, as public officers or as members of the military. When applying for jobs, they can officially say their convictions were pardoned by a President.

After a criminal arrest it might be very beneficial for Nebraska residents to talk with a lawyer. This can give people insight into all of the options that may help them during the process of a defense.

Source: Scottsbluff Star Herald, "Nebraskan pardoned by Obama for 2004 drug crime: 'This has been such a blessing'," Susan Szalewski, Dec. 26, 2017

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