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Felony And Federal Criminal Record Pardons

A felony offense is a serious matter. A federal felony offense is even more serious. If you have a federal felony on your criminal record, you may find yourself serving a significant amount of prison time. You may also find it difficult to secure a job, place to live, or education loan after you are released from prison, even once your probationary period is over.

Federal Pardons

If you are in this situation, you may hope for a pardon. If you receive a pardon, the felony on your federal criminal record is forgiven. The felony will still appear on your federal criminal record, but any penalty you may be serving, including prison time, will immediately come to an end, and any mandated restrictions on ex-convicts will not apply to you. Receiving a pardon is definitely preferable to just serving one's time. Unfortunately, unless you are an extremely well-connected and powerful person or your case has received great public attention, you are probably out of luck. Federal pardons can only be granted by the President, and he doesn't give out very many, relative to the number of felony convictions on federal criminal records that come down each year.

Benefits of Federal Pardons

However, the reality is that if you have already served your punishment, there's a lot that a federal felony pardon won't do for you. It won't seal or erase your criminal record, so anyone can examine the public record and see your criminal history. It won't allow you to deny your record either, so if you are applying for a job, for example, and are asked if you have a conviction on your record, you will have to disclose that you do.

Federal Expungement

What you will really want, if you can get it, is record expungement. Expunging felony records is not possible in all cases, but it is possible in more cases than you might think. Felony expungement is much preferable to a pardon in most cases because when your record is expunged, it is as if the conviction never existed in the first place. Your criminal record is essentially thrown away.

Obtaining Expungement for Federal Felony Records

If you think you might be eligible for Federal felony criminal record expungement, you can find out by going to and taking the free eligibility check. If you discover that you are indeed eligible, can provide you with all the forms and application information you need to petition the government for expungement. You can hire a lawyer to help you, but if you follow the instructions provided by, you shouldn't have to, and you can save a considerable amount of money. Even if you have to appear in court, it should be only to defend and explain your petition and should not require any specific legal knowledge.

If a judge determines that expungement is merited, he will grant it. From then on, you can go forth with a clean record and do not have to even acknowledge ever having had a criminal record, even to potential employers or lenders.

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