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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.