Civilian attorneys get quite a few questions about expunging court-martial convictions.

The answer is no, it can’t be done in the same way that many states allow for an expungement.  The closest way to have it removed from your record is to have a court-martial reversed for factual sufficiency at the CCA, or get a presidential pardon.

I don’t think it’s IAC not to tell the client about the lack of an expungement procedure.  There are a myriad of collateral consequences so it seems to me that you should add this little item to your checklist of advice to the client.

Here is a link to the Pardon Attorney.

Also, this news item notes some soon to come information about pardons under President Bush.

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