I owe federal restitution from a case in 1999 and I haven't paid on it in years. There were 4 other people on the

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Customer: I owe federal restitution from a case in 1999 and I haven't paid on it in years. There were 4 other people on the conspiracy to commit bank fraud case. I'd like to make a settlement on what I owe. I'd also like to get it expunged.
JA: Did the conspiracy charge lead to a guilty plea or conviction?
Customer: guilty
JA: Where did this happen? Expungement laws vary by state.
Customer: Washington state
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Customer: They haven haven't taken any of my income tax returns
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Hello! Thanks for using JustAnswer. My name is ***** ***** I will be the expert ready to answer your questions to the best of my ability and with top-quality service. I’m sorry to hear you are having these problems with your legal issue, and I know that can be frustrating. Hopefully, this can be resolved quickly. Was this an actual conviction? Or were you on a diversion program?

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I was convicted. Can I call you?
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I was convicted.
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Thank you for that information. Yes, I am happy to do a phone call. You will have to do it through e website. there should be an option on your screen for it.

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texting is fine
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Chatting fine.
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Okay, sounds good. I am writing your answer now.

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Unfortunately, expunging federal felony records is not possible in most cases. Under 18 U.S.C. 3607(c) only a person who is guilty of a minor drug offense under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C 844) may have their record expunged. Other than that narrow category of offenses, federal convictions are not able to be expunged pursuant to any statute. There are some circuits that judges have taken the view can have the inherent authority to expunge, but those are usually in cases where there was not a conviction.

As far as restitution, you have to be careful. The government might try to seize your money to pay the restitution. So if you are looking to make a deal, you should meet with a local attorney to help you with it.

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Daniel Luneau, Expert

I am not saying they would, and they might not be able to, but there can be some situations were that is possible. So its best to meet with a local lawyer on that.

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Daniel Luneau, Expert

Does that make sense? Did you have any additional concerns or need me to clarify anything related to this? I am happy to help.

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What kind of lawyer should I get? I want to pay them off with a deal, It was a couple of banks.
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Daniel Luneau, Expert

It would be a federal criminal defense lawyer.  You can find one by visiting www.justia.com.

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You're welcome! Thank you again for trusting JustAnswer with your question. If you have any further questions, please let me know so I can further assist you.

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