As you probably know, there is no expungement or record sealing in the federal system. Your only avenue of relief is a presidential pardon. Pardons are very rare and can be costly to prepare and pursue. However, that's your only avenue of relief, and one that is likelier to happen toward the end of President Obama's current term, if at all.
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Keep trying for that State Adjuster's license as you certainly can show from your rehabilitation, that you are worthy to have it.
Remember, if you were in Federal Court and your CJA attorney advised you to plead guilty, I am sure that he or she explained how the US sentencing guidelines worked and how much more time you would get losing at trial. (See the link below) So as Mr. Solis so aptly put it, try to get Obama at the end of the term to hear your request. Take Care!
Presidential pardons are extremely rare; however, any effort to better your life is never a waste of your time.
Joshua Sabert Lowther, Esq.
NATIONAL FEDERAL DEFENSE GROUP
Clearly federal law should include a system of Pretrial Intervention or Drug Court similar to the one found in state systems such as Tampa Bay, Florida which allow nonviolent drug charges such as yours to be dismissed after a period of counseling. However, current federal criminal law not only has no Pretrial Intervention, but no Drug Court and for a prior conviction only allows a pardon from the president.
Yet it's important that you never give up on your future. Although federal law would require a pardon directly from the presidential himself, the very act of applying for that pardon would help you to formulate the best possible arguments for why your prior drug conviction should no longer hold you back in life.
Requesting a pardon is a time consuming process, but your future is worth it. And you'll at least know that you've done everything possible and given your best shot to do everything within your power to win back your future.