Does anyone know anything about the first time offenders act? I can not seem to find anything about it online. A LEO in another state told me it could be used to expunge a felony (federal) from my record. Is this true? Where can I find information on it?
Are you referencing the first-time "waiver" when you speak about 'act'??? If so this is what I found, hopefully it will help. I'm also going to move this to the legal forum and see if anybody else has information to help you.
The first-time offender waiver is an alternative available to offenders with no felony record and with no record of previous, violent or sex offenses or certain drug dealing offenses. With these offenders, a judge has broad discretion in imposing a sentence, including confinement time, crime-related prohibitions and/or community supervision (including education, work, counseling, etc.). For other less serious offenders, partial confinement options include work crew, work release, home detention and work ethic camp.
Thank you Ladies!... Seems like the waiver is a diversionary program before the imposition of a sentence, or an alternative sentence.
I think the person who started this thread wondered about any federal means of expunging a felony record (if any).. Is that a facet of the waiver itself, or is there some other policy/practice to expunge a record in a Federal case?
(I know states do it at their discretion given a handful of criteria and the luck of the gypsies... They also have post conviction 'Restoration' which involves having a certification that your Civil Rights have been restored and that makes you eligible to Vote and serve on a jury. With THAT you have to still check the 'yes' on a felony conviction, but you then get to provide certificate that you'd been restored, by the Governor.)