Is there any way to get a Federal record sealed 19 Answers as of July 08, 2013

Is there anyway to get a Federal record sealed? I have been told it can be done by writing the sentencing judge? I was only 18 when I went to federal prison.

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Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
The courts seem to use the term sealed and expunged interchangeably. I would advise you to seek out an experienced federal attorney who does a lot of these types of cases. Federal case law is inconsistent and contradictory in determining the criteria, eligibility, and methods for granting expungements for federal records. It can get complicated.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/31/2011
Law Office of Jared Altman
Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
I am not an expert in this field.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/8/2013
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
What you are describing is an expungement. Federal law allows for expungement of certain crimes after a period of time. You should consult with an attorney experienced in federal law. F
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 7/13/2011
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
In general you can apply to have the record sealed and under the right circumstances even expunged. You should hire an attorney to do this for you.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/19/2011
Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
There is currently no law in either the Federal or the State system that would allow an expungement of a criminal record.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/13/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    Generally, a criminal record is a public record. To get a record "sealed" you would need some strong reason other than I don't want it a public record. Instead of trying to "seal" the record, you may wish to research the possibility of asking the court for an expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/13/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    A conviction is on your record forever unless you got Youthful Offender Treatment or the record was sealed originally.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/13/2011
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/10/2013
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    Consult an attorney who practices "federal criminal defense" in the state where your record is.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/13/2011
    Apple Law Firm PLLC
    Apple Law Firm PLLC | David Goldman
    Unfortunately because there is no funding for this, the only option is a Presidential Pardon.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/13/2011
    Castleberry & Elison
    Castleberry & Elison | Peter Castleberry
    I answered a similar question previously. The answer is below. In sum, you cannot seal a federal criminal record by writing to the sentencing judge, or any other method for that matter. There is no legal mechanism to expunge a federal felony conviction. However, there is a federal law (18 U.S.C. Section 3607) that authorizes expungement of certain offenses under the Federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 844). Expungement is available only to persons who were placed on pre-judgment probation under 18 U.S.C. Section 3607(a). Pre-judgment probation is when the judge finds you guilty but does not enter a judgment of conviction. If you do everything you are supposed to do on probation, the drug charge is dismissed and the record can be expunged. Representative Steven Cohen (D-TN) introduced a bill called The Fresh Start Act of 2010 (H.R. 5492) that would permit engagement of certain non-violent federal criminal offenses. Unfortunately, this is not currently the law.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 7/13/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Youll hear a lot of such false info in your life. Writing a Judge is not part of court procedure, his clerk will simply note in your file that you sent a letter, but the judge will not read it nor consider your request. No, there is no effective provision for expungement or sealing in the federal system. If you persist, be prepared to spend enormous amounts of money just at the chance to seal your record. The odds are against you because the federal courts have ruled that only in rare situations will the court seal a record-and I mean rare. You could write a personal letter to the President of the United States asking for a presidential pardon. Good luck on that if you arent a big campaign donor. If you have a federal criminal record, do your best to explain the circumstances in a light favorable to you when an employer asks. Write a summary of the incident explaining it from your point of view and attach it to your job application.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/12/2011
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi | Rodney Nosratabadi
    You can expunge and seal federal convictions under certain circumstances. We need to speak in order to better determine whether you would or would not be eligible for relief under the statute.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/12/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    There is no way that I know of that a record of a federal conviction can be expunged or sealed.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 7/12/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Not sure about your question: whether you mean sealed or expunged. Generally, it is very difficult to seal criminal records, as there are a matter of public record. Depending upon the criminal conviction, you may be able to have your criminal record expunged; however, there are some conditions: there must be a minimum of 5 years passage of time AFTER your were released from probation, and during that time, you can not have committed any other crime (even a simple misdemeanor) any where.. Even in another state. The crime that you are trying to expunge also cannot be a crime of violence. ie, felony assault, domestic violence, rape, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/12/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    I'm not familiar with Federal Law in this area but I would imagine that the Federal Law provides for some kind of expungement. That would be a good question for the Federal Public Defender. You could also look at the United States Code. I'll do the same if you want to send me a reminder message.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/12/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    There is no such procedure in the federal court system other than to retain a law firm to attempt to obtain a federal pardon.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/12/2011
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick | Karen Kilpatrick
    There are no federal expungement laws, but it may be a remedy available in equity. There are some pretty strict requirements, and you would have to petition the court that sentenced you (more than writing a letter). You may want to consider consulting with a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/12/2011
    Osterman Law LLC
    Osterman Law LLC | Mark D. Osterman
    Expungement of a criminal record in Federal Court happens one of two ways: The court has discretion in special cases to expunge and applications made to the court. But they are not granted as a general rule but reserved for special circumstances. The second way is by a Pardon or clemency. There is an entire special process for a pardon and it takes a number of years. Years ago, there was discussion that a case could be open and the matter sealed. But it was my understanding that such is an expensive process and time consuming and thee needs a special reason such as job or career implications. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 7/12/2011
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