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What a Certification of Rehabilitation Can Do For You

Returning to a productive life might be especially difficult for individuals who have committed and been charged with a crime. However, there are certain steps those convicted of criminal malfeasance can take that may make this process somewhat easier. One such action is to obtain a Certification Of Rehabilitation (COR).


Here’s how a COR might prove beneficial to someone who obtains such documentation.

The Definition Of A Certification Of Rehabilitation

Individuals convicted of certain crimes might lose specific rights and privileges. Former convicts who receive a COR, which is a court-ordered document, might once again be able to have their voting privileges reinstated, enjoy better housing and employment opportunities, and may give the individual a chance to receive a governor's pardon.

COR Eligibility Requirements

Individuals must meet stringent eligibility requirements to be considered for a COR. Rehabilitated persons must wait no fewer than seven years following their release from incarceration before the distinction can be awarded.


During this waiting period, the person in question must demonstrate that they have not run into any further legal difficulties and show that they have led an exemplary life. Specific legal infractions might be subjected to longer waiting periods.

An Attorney's Role In Helping Someone Obtain A COR

An individual must provide a significant amount of evidence before the adjudicating body that will determine if COR will be granted or not. A criminal defense attorney can help a prospective COR recipient formulate a compelling argument highlighting the reasons this recognition should be given.

The evidence needed to satisfy a court often takes the form of documentation demonstrating the former convict's character and progression through the rehabilitation process. Such evidence might include documents such as:


  • Prison or jail records authored by said institution officials describing the individual's conduct during their sentence

  • Scholastic records

  • Work records demonstrating a steady period of employment

  • Recommendation letters from employers, community officials or any other individuals who can attest to how well the individual in question displays attributes like work ethic, responsibility, character, and compassion

  • Medical records or psychological evaluations illustrating that the person under consideration has overcome or controlled any biological, emotional and mental affliction that might have contributed to their committing an act of malfeasance

Once enough evidence to present a case is gathered, the applicant will be required to complete the appropriate application forms. After said forms are filled out, the applicant is then required to notify the District Attorney of the county they reside in and file a petition with said municipality's court.


When this process is completed, the court will schedule a hearing on the matter where the applicant and said individual's attorney can present their case. Following the hearing, the adjudicating body will render a final decision.

How Mark Raymond McDonald, Esq. Can Help You

Those seeking a COR are encouraged to contact Mark Raymond McDonald, Esq., A Law Corporation as soon as possible. We can help a client gather the necessary evidence they need to be able to formulate a case that convinces a court to bestow the individual this important, potentially life-changing recognition.


Contact our firm at (909) 443-1599 to discuss your post-conviction relief options.