Sample Letter of Good Character

Learn how to write a letter of good character. Use our sample letter of good character as a template for your good character letter.

Sample 1 – Letter Of Good Character

[Your Name]

[Phone Number]

[Date of Letter]

The Honorable [First, Last Name]
Judge of [Circuit, District or other Court Name]
[Address of Judge]

RE: [Name of Defendant] – Expungement of Misdemeanor Larceny Charge

My name is _______________. I am over the age of 18 years old. I am not related by birth or marriage to the petitioner.

I have known the petitioner since __________ The petitioner attends church (or synagogue or mosque) at ____________. He volunteers at the local soup kitchen twice a week and has done so for three months.

During the little league baseball season, the petitioner helped me coach the team. The parents and I have appreciated his work. I also see the petitioner help people in need.

I have not seen the petitioner use illicit drugs, become intoxicated, or engage in dangerous or improper behavior. To my knowledge, the petitioner has not engaged in criminal activity.

I am familiar with his general behavior, character and reputation. The petitioner exhibits and otherwise is of good behavior and character in the community. He has a good reputation in the community. I do not consider him to be a threat to the community in which the petitioner.

I offer this letter in support of the petition to expunge the petitioner’s conviction for ________________.

Respectfully Submitted,

[Your Name]

sample 2 – letter of good character

Official Letterhead If Possible

Your Name
Your Address
City, State, Zip Code


Presiding Judge or Magistrate’s Name given by the defendant’s lawyer

RE: Character Reference for [NAME OF DEFENDANT]

Your Honor,

The aim of this letter is to present the good character of [NAME]. We have worked together for the past 10 years as nurses in the Name of Hospital. 

I can confirm that she is careful, considerate, efficient and dedicated to the well-being of others. She has received several honors for her dedication to her work including Nurse of the Year for three consecutive years.

She is well-regarded among all the staff at the hospital as a person of high integrity and honesty. We have been together in several emergency situations, and she has always conducted herself with common sense and compassion. 

I am aware that she has pleaded guilty to DUI. However, I wish to express that she is not a habitual drinker, and this unfortunate situation was most probably one-of-a-kind. 

She has expressed to me many times that she is extremely sensitive to her transgression and is sorry for it. 

I hope this letter will give you an idea of her good character and help her get a second chance to prove this was an unusual occurrence. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.


Position [if relevant]
Phone Number

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