Person 1st time offender was arrested in 1998/went to trial & was convicted 63 months in 1999 on 2 drug counts. Accepted responsibility served full time/completed 5 yrs probation. Remained compliant to date. Now disabled cant find a place to stay because of criminal background search including low-income housing background search guidelines?
Sadly, no. There is no federal expungement.
SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY--20 years experience
Actually, you can have federal convictions "expunged". But it depends on a number of factors.
If you meet the requirements of 18 U.S.C.A. Section 3607, certain drug convictions can be expunged. However, the requirements are narrow.
Further, certain federal jurisdictions have determined that federal judges have inherent authority to expunge a criminal conviction.
The process for a federal dismissal is not as easy or simple as a state dismissal.
You will need an attorney well versed in federal law to determine if you qualify for a federal dismissal.
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Appears unlikely because the sentence was more than 3 years. However, you may be eligible for a pardon. The website for pardons is located at https://www.justice.gov/pardon/application-forms . Good luck.
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