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The Benefits of Vacating a Past Conviction
“Vacating” a criminal conviction, also informally known as “expunging” a record, is the process of removing a conviction from your record. Unlike sealing an adult or juvenile criminal record, if you successfully vacate a conviction, Washington State and private reporting companies will no longer be able to report that you have been convicted for that crime.
Expunging your record in Washington state can have many advantages that can help you move forward in life, including:
- Ability to clear background checks.
- Reduced community and social shame.
- Ability to restore your firearm rights.
- Being able to lawfully state on job, rental, and credit applications that you have never been convicted of a crime.
For an expungement attorney to help you expunge your record in Washington state, you must:
- Have complied completely with the orders of the court in your case.
- Have no new criminal charges in the last 3 years (5 years if your conviction was Domestic Violence related).
- Have no criminal charges pending against you in any state.
- Wait 3 years from the date you complete all court requirements including probation (This may be 5 years if your conviction was for Domestic Violence related charges).
- Note that you cannot vacate a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
If you were convicted of a felony, the conditions to expunge your record in Washington state are similar but waiting periods are generally longer and there are more crimes that are never eligible for expungement:
- To vacate a Class C felony, you must not have been convicted of any felonies or misdemeanors in the last five years.
- To vacate a Class B felony, you must not have been convicted of any felonies or misdemeanors in the last ten years.
- Class A felonies, serious violent crimes, or crimes against another person cannot be vacated from your record.
- Note that it is sometimes possible to vacate 3rd Degree and 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.
Let Findley & Rogers Help You Vacate Old Convictions
You don’t have to live with past convictions holding you back. The expungement attorneys at Findley & Rogers are ready to help you navigate the legal process of criminal record clearance in Washington.
Review our testimonials page to see what clients around Washington state are saying about our attorneys, and contact us today for a free consultation on how to expunge your record in Washington state.
About Findley & Rogers
Founded in 2010, Findley & Rogers believes in helping those with criminal records understand their rights and future opportunities apart from their past. Our experienced expungement attorneys, Corey Rogers and Fletcher Findley, come from a legal background in criminal defense and public service. Their expertise in Washington state law and experience in the court system has helped numerous clients clear their criminal records and regain their lost firearm rights. Whether you are working towards expunging your record or restoring your gun rights, our services are affordable, work with your schedule, and always come with a 100% free initial consultation.