Can I get my federal felony conviction for "Possession
of Unregistered N.F.A. Firearms" overturned and removed from my criminal record, after I have already pled guilty to the charge and served my prison sentence and probation
has been completed successfully, when the entire case brought against me was based on a Confidential Informant's false tip to law enforcement about things that I never actually did or said? No appeals were filed during any of the legal proceedings. The arrest was on August 5th 2004, and full sentence of prison and probation was completed in 2009. This was my first and only felony charge ever, and it was handled in the Shreveport, Louisiana Federal Courthouse. The crime was non-violent and there was no "victim" -- it was only an issue of having 3 unregistered weapons. ATF got a tip from a local sheriff's office, who got their tip from a "registered and reliable Confidential Informant" who made up exaggerated claims about me that were lies, as to my intentions for having the weapons. ATF recovered the weapons after a search warrant
was obtained. I pled guilty because I felt I was under a form of duress, hearing that if I were to take the case to trial and fight it (with a public defender
), I would likely get sentenced to more time maintaining "not guilty", than if I just pled guilty (and would receive less time that way). I served about 21 months in jail/prison, and afterwards completed my 3 years of probation successfully. I didn't want to "rock the boat" anymore than it had already been rocked, for fear of getting a longer sentence. Now that the sentence has been completed, I want to know what is available to me for the purposes of making the conviction invalid and/or removing it from my record -- bearing in mind that the Confidential Informant's lies and exaggerations started all of this. I stipulate to the fact that a warrant was issued that produced incriminating evidence against me, and that I did knowingly possess the firearms, and my possession of them was illegal since they weren't registered to me in the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Record. What I do disagree with however, is that the warrant was obtained because of false testimony
from the informant. Can this federal criminal conviction be erased from my record?