In 1991 I was convicted of felony DWI (class D I think) in New York State.
It was a non injury case, NY law states that if a person has two DWI`s within ten years the second is automatically a felony...regardless of circumstances. Mine were five years apart.
I was sentenced to three years probation, which I was released from early for good behavior.
Upon completing probation my probation officer gave me a restoration of rights to own a firearm for hunting purposes.(which I think is now useless since the Brady bill?) And had my driving privileges restored.
Fast forward to today.
I have been living in the state of North Carolina for ten years.
I am a responsible, sober and law abiding citizen, a home owner with good credit and a good job and family, and have had no legal trouble aside from a few traffic tickets since being released from probation.
Is it possible to get a pardon/ full restoration of rights from New York State?
How would I go about it?
What type of lawyer handles these cases, and what is it likely to cost?
Would the state of North Carolina recognize this?
EDIT: I`m not sure which forum I should have posted this in, so if moderators feel it belongs elsewhere, feel free to move it.