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Is there any way to get a Federal record sealed

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.

Answer By Jared Austin
Austin Legal Services, PLC
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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: 8/30/2011

Answer By Jared Altman
Law Office of Jared Altman
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I am not an expert in this field.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/12/2011

Law Office of Phillip Weiser
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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: 7/12/2011

Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
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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: 7/12/2011

Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
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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: 7/12/2011

Answer By Craig Elhart
Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
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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: 7/12/2011

Answer By John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney
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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: 7/11/2011

Frances R. Johnson
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Consult an attorney who practices "federal criminal defense" in the state where your record is.

Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 7/11/2011

Answer By David Goldman
Apple Law Firm PLLC
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Unfortunately because there is no funding for this, the only option is a Presidential Pardon.

Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 7/11/2011

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