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EXPUNGEMENT IN WASHINGTON STATE
Don’t be held back by your past. Even if you have a criminal conviction, you still might be able to clear your criminal record and restore your gun rights with help from the professional Washington State expungement lawyers at Findley & Rogers.
At Findley & Rogers, our core specialty is protecting our clients’ constitutional rights. We’ll work with you at every step to help you to restore gun rights. Washington State residents: take back your rights! We may be able to help you:
If you have been denied a firearm purchase, concealed carry pistol license, or been informed by law enforcement that you are not allowed to possess a firearm, it may be possible to restore your gun rights in Washington State.
To restore gun rights, Washington State law lays out a pretty clear path for citizens who’ve paid their dues and moved on. It isn’t possible for everyone, but with our free consultation, you have nothing to lose. We’ll look at your specific situation and tell you what your options are.
At Findley & Rogers, we are passionate about gun rights restoration for ordinary citizens. We strongly believe in helping you take back your rights!
Washington State expungement laws can make your life a lot easier...if you take advantage of them.
A criminal conviction can have devastating effects on your ability to live your life. Employment that was once in reach can now seem impossible, you may be denied a loan or an apartment, or limited in accompanying your children on school activities. If you have a criminal conviction in your past, it may be possible to clear your criminal record.
Officially known as “vacating” your criminal conviction, “expungement” means that it will no longer show up on your background report criminal history, making it easier for you to get a job, an apartment, or a loan.
Expungement is also frequently an important first step to restore gun rights. Washington State law makes gun rights restoration easier if your record turns up as clean.
When it comes to restoring your gun rights in Washington State and giving you your life back, we offer a number of services:
- Researching your criminal history
- Federal or out-of-state convictions
- Appeals of NICS denials
- Correcting any mistakes in your records
For our other firearm-related legal services, it is often important to restore gun rights. Washington makes it easy for us to help you tackle everything at once:
Washington State expungement of your record, gun rights restoration, and getting your CPL.
Learn more about the services we offer, where you stand, and what your legal options are!
Frequently Asked Questions
To restore gun rights, Washington State requires you to submit an application to the court. With a lawyer to help you, it’s not hard at all.
The benefits of restoring your firearm rights after a conviction include being able to:
- Own, carry and operate firearms again
- Go hunting for sport
- Go shooting for target practice
- Defend your family and home against criminal threats
Gun rights restoration, to us, is about dignity, family, and independence.
For a Washington State expungement of your record, or to restore gun rights, Washington State requires various filing fees which you will have to pay to the court. We can tell you the current amount of these fees when you speak with us.
For our legal services here at Findley & Rogers, the cost of expunging your record or restoring your firearm rights after conviction varies on a case-to-case basis, because it depends on a lot of specific details.
Contact us today for a completely free consultation to discuss your situation, learn your legal options, and find out how much it would cost you to pursue those options.
To restore gun rights, Washington State does not strictly require that you expunge your record first. Washington State expungement and gun rights restoration are legally separate, meaning that expunging your record will not automatically restore your firearm rights and vice versa. So yes, it may be possible to restore your firearm rights without expunging your criminal record.
However, you may choose to expunge your criminal record and restore your firearm rights at the same time. And in some instances, to restore gun rights Washington State law may make it preferable for you to expunge your record first.
Talk to our gun rights lawyers to find out which solution is best for you.
No, an expungement of your criminal record does not mean that your firearm rights are automatically restored. To restore gun rights, Washington State has a specific legal pathway that you must follow, separate from the expungement pathway.
Gun rights restoration in Washington is usually not difficult, however, once you have legal assistance.
If you have a Protection Order or No-Contact Order placed against you, then you need to have that order lifted to legally possess a firearm. If you also have a criminal case that impacts your right to bear arms, you need to have that order removed to restore your firearm rights in Washington.
For domestic violence (DV) convictions, each case is different. To restore gun rights, Washington State wants to make sure that there is no threat to your family or those around you. While those with misdemeanor convictions can potentially have their gun rights restored, several eligibility requirements must be met before these rights can be regained.
Each firearm rights restoration case is different. Generally speaking, most people who have felony convictions are eventually eligible for gun rights restoration. However, to restore gun rights, Washington State has several steps and eligibility requirements that must first be met before your rights can be regained.
If you now live in a different state but have a conviction in Washington, you will need to restore your rights under Washington law in order to clear a Federal background check. It may also be necessary to restore your rights in the State where you now reside, depending on whether that State will honor a Washington State restoration of firearm rights.
If you want to restore gun rights, Washington State law is pretty good about gun rights restoration once you meet the eligibility criteria. So, in cases where your state will honor a Washington restoration, it may be worth going through the process here in the Washington courts.
Not everyone can have their criminal convictions cleared. To expunge your criminal record in the state of Washington, there are several requirements you must meet to be considered. The Washington State expungement rules are not difficult, but they do require a waiting period, and you have to have paid all your court-ordered fines and restitution.
In Washington State, “expungement” refers to the clearing of criminal records. Formally, this is known as “vacating” a criminal conviction, but most people refer to it as expunging that conviction.
In simple terms, expungement removes a conviction from your record. If you successfully expunge or vacate a conviction, Washington State and private reporting companies can no longer report your conviction for that crime. This means you will pass most criminal background checks for housing, jobs, and credit. It also means you can legally answer “no” if you are asked about a prior criminal conviction.
If you want to restore gun rights, Washington State doesn’t require that you expunge your record first, but it can be helpful.
In Washington state, sealing your juvenile records means that the public will no longer be able to view your criminal record, though it will remain in government databases. Additionally, background checks (such as those for employment and rental leasing applications) will no longer show your conviction.
Sealing your juvenile or adult records can be a helpful step to restore gun rights. Washington State law makes sealing most records fairly straightforward, but you will need an experienced attorney to maximize your chances of success with the court.
Note that sealing records is not the same as expungement. The Washington State expungement process and record-sealing process are two different legal pathways. Sometimes one or the other makes more sense, and sometimes it’s a good idea to do both.
Put the past behind you
While it is our goal to help expunge your record, there are a few basic eligibility requirements you will need to meet, which are different from the requirements to restore your gun rights in Washington State following a criminal conviction. To restore gun rights, Washington State has a fairly similar set of requirements to the Washington State expungement requirements.
We can give you the specifics about expungement or gun rights restoration during your free consultation, but here are the rules in general to vacate or expunge a conviction:
- You must have completely complied with the orders of the court in your case.
- You must have no criminal felony or misdemeanor charges pending against you in any state.
- For Misdemeanor Convictions:
- You must have not been convicted of any new crimes in the last 3 years (5 years if your conviction was domestic violence related).
- You must wait 3 – 5 years (depending on your conviction) after completing all court requirements (including probation). To restore gun rights, Washington State requires a mandatory waiting period both as a punishment and as a way to give you a chance to get your life back on track in the meantime.
- You must not be subject to a no-contact order, and must not have violated a no-contact order in the last 5 years.
- You cannot clear your criminal record of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge.
- For Felony Convictions:
- You must have complied with all of the orders of the court in your case.
- Class C Felony Charges: You must have not been convicted of any new crimes in the last 5 years. As with the misdemeanor conviction, to restore gun rights Washington State requires this mandatory waiting period.
- Class B Felony Charges: You must have not been convicted of any new crimes in the last 10 years.
- Class A felonies, serious violent crimes, and most crimes against another person cannot be cleared from your criminal record.
- It is sometimes possible, however, to vacate a 3rd Degree or 2nd Degree Assault and 2nd Degree Robbery charges, as long as the crime did not involve a firearm or deadly weapon, was not sexually motivated, and was not committed against a law enforcement officer.
It is worth noting that to restore gun rights, Washington State requires this mandatory waiting period. There is no getting around it. (In Washington State, expungement and gun rights restoration both have a mandatory waiting period.) However, the waiting period starts as soon as you are sentenced (or, if you are incarcerated, as soon as you are released), which is a big improvement over the way it used to be, which is that the waiting period only started once you paid off all your court-ordered debts.
Taking the Next Steps
If you live in Washington State, expungement, gun rights restoration, and other related legal services are available to you by our seasoned team of attorneys at Findley & Rogers. When you call us for your free consultation, if you meet the requirements to expunge your record or restore gun rights in Washington State, we can help you.
Your next step will be to file a petition with the court that revoked your firearm rights (for gun rights restoration) or the court that convicted you (for expungement). This process varies from court to court, but at Findley & Rogers, we serve residents who live anywhere in the state.
- For out-of-state residents seeking action in out-of-state courts, we may be able to refer you to an attorney who can help you. If you are an out-of-state resident but you want to go through the Washington courts to restore gun rights, Washington State law allows us to serve you!
The next steps of the process will involve, at minimum, getting a full criminal background check, preparing and filing a motion and order, and getting a signed order from a judge. The expungement of a criminal record in Washington State may involve dealing with the prosecuting attorney’s office, appearing in court to argue the merits of your motion, and potentially even appealing the court's decision. At Findley & Rogers we can help guide you through all of this: The legal system is complicated and frankly a little scary, but with an experienced lawyer as your guide, you can take back your rights!
For the last step on the road to expungement or to restore gun rights, Washington State and Federal bureaucracy come into play: Once your rights are restored, we will take steps to ensure that the Washington Criminal History Repository and FBI are updated to reflect your Washington State expungement so that you will be able to clear your criminal record and any future background check you may be asked to take.
At Findley & Rogers, we charge an affordable, flat rate for most of our services, so you always know in advance what you’ll be paying. There are no hidden fees and no endlessly accumulating hourly bills. Your conversations with us are 100% confidential. We will work to resolve your issues both quickly and discreetly.
Call Findley & Rogers and Take Back Your Rights
To restore gun rights in Washington State, it just takes some legal assistance to help you take advantage of the system and reclaim your rights. Many people don’t realize that their lost rights can often be restored and that you can clear your criminal record. Don’t let a mistake from your past keep you from exercising your constitutional rights and enjoying the full benefits that come with a clean record.
It’s time to take back control of your record and your rights, with help from the qualified, passionate attorneys at Findley & Rogers.
From gun rights restoration to criminal record expungement and record-sealing, we are here for you. It’s time to clear your record and restore gun rights, Washington State residents!