I handle more pardons than any other attorney in this state, and I have been doing pardons since 1995. At one session of the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles, the board heard 55 cases; 13 of them were my clients. In many years I have represented 5 to 10 percent of the individuals who actually get a hearing with the Board.
Few attorneys have any experience in this area of law. There are web sites of organizations or individuals who claim to "assist" clients with pardons, but these "assisters" CANNOT and DO NOT represent you to the Board; they are not licensed to practice law, and some appear to be outright frauds. Some of them hold public meetings or "seminars" about pardons; I never have and never will. I do not believe that a person who has an old criminal record should attend a group session or reveal their past to someone who is not even an attorney. (You should be aware that someone who is not an attorney may not be obligated to keep your information confidential.
Every licensed attorney is required to take an oath by which they promise to keep all client information confidential. This oath can be enforced by a court. Everything I do is completely confidential, starting with our first phone conversation or e-mail, whether you hire me or not.)