FAQ

What are the benefits of restoring firearm rights?

Being convicted of a crime can cost you your right to possess a firearm. The benefits of restoring your firearm rights 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

Want to know more about what you can gain from restoring your firearm rights? Contact us today to learn more!

I have a felony conviction -- can I restore my rights in Washington state?

Each individual firearm rights restoration case is different. While it is possible for those with felony convictions to have their gun rights restored, there are several steps and eligibility requirements that must be met before rights can be regained. To learn more about these requirements and to speak with an experienced firearm rights attorney, contact us.

I have a domestic violence misdemeanor -- can I restore my rights in Washington state?

Each individual domestic violence misdemeanor rights restoration case is different. While it is possible for those with misdemeanor convictions to have their gun rights restored, there are several eligibility requirements that must be met before rights can be regained. To learn more about these requirements and to speak with an experienced firearm rights attorney, contact us.

Do I have to pay off any and all fines before I can restore my gun rights?

If you were charged with a misdemeanor offense, you must pay all fines and complete all terms and conditions of your conviction before you can have your gun rights restored. For information on felony offenses, please contact us.

I was involuntarily committed for mental health treatment -- can I restore my rights in Washington state?

While it is possible, under Washington State Law, to restore firearm rights following an involuntary commitment, at this time, the Federal government does not acknowledge Washington State’s restoration of rights for mental health issues, and as a result there is currently no effective means of restoring firearm rights for mental health issues in Washington.

I have a protection order in place against me -- can I restore my rights in Washington state?

If you can have the protection order placed against you lifted, it may be possible to restore your firearm rights in the state of Washington. For more information and to speak with an experienced gun rights attorney about your situation, please contact us.

I have a conviction from another state but now live in Washington -- do I need to restore my firearm rights in Washington state?

The answer to this is generally yes.. Washington law does not recognize a restoration of rights from another State unless that restoration is the equivalent of a full governor’s pardon. So you will most often need to restore your rights in both the State where you were convicted, and Washington State. For more information, please contact us.

I have a conviction in Washington but now live in another state -- do I need to restore my firearm rights in Washington state?

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, as the Federal government considers a person ineligible to possess a firearm as long as the State where their conviction occurred does. It may also be necessary to restore your rights again in the State where you  now reside depending on whether that State will honor a Washington State restoration of firearm rights. As such, please contact our experienced gun rights attorneys to learn more about how you can have your individual firearm rights restored.

Do I need to expunge my criminal conviction in order to restore my firearm rights?

No -- expungement and firearm rights restoration are two separate legal processes that are not connected under Washington law. It is possible that you may be able to restore your firearm rights without expunging your criminal record. To talk about your individual case, please contact our experienced gun rights attorneys for more information.

What is “expungement”?

“Expungement” refers to the deletion of criminal records. However, due to Washington state legislature, criminal convictions can never be truly deleted or completely expunged. Despite this, it is still possible to vacate your criminal records sufficiently enough to gain employment, loans, firearms, and more. Visit our Criminal Record Clearance page for more information.

What are the benefits of vacating my criminal conviction?

“Vacating” a criminal conviction, which is often called “expunging” a record, is the process of removing a conviction from your record. If you successfully vacate a conviction, Washington State and private reporting companies can no longer report your conviction for that crime. That means that you can lawfully state that you have never been convicted of that crime. It also means that background checks (such as those for employment and rental leasing applications) will no longer show your conviction, though thorough checks may still show that you were charged with the offense, but not convicted.

What are the benefits of sealing my juvenile criminal record?

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. This means that you can go about your life as though your convictions never occurred, and you can lawfully state that you have never been convicted of that crime. It also means that background checks (such as those for employment and rental leasing applications) will no longer show your conviction. For more information on how to seal your juvenile criminal record, contact us today.

What are the eligibility requirements for expungement in Washington state?

To expunge your criminal record in the state of Washington, there are several requirements you must meet to be considered. To learn more about these eligibility requirements and how you can have your record cleared, contact us today!

I live in Washington now but have a criminal conviction in another state -- do I need to have that conviction expunged in Washington or from the other state?

You must have your criminal conviction expunged in the state in which the conviction was made. For more information on this process, please contact us.

I live in another state but have a criminal conviction in Washington -- do I need to have that conviction expunged in Washington or can I do it from my new home state?

If you have a conviction in Washington state, you must expunge your conviction in Washington. For more information on this process, please contact us.

I have expunged my conviction -- does that mean my firearm rights in Washington state are restored?

Unfortunately, no -- an expungement of your criminal record does not mean that your firearm rights are restored. Restoration of your firearm rights is a separate legal process that our experienced attorneys can help you through. Contact us now for more information.

I am interested in hiring Findley & Rogers to help with my expungement and/or restoration of firearm rights -- what do I do now?

To learn more about our services and to discuss the details of your individual case, please contact us!

I live in another state but have a criminal record in Washington state that I want to be expunged -- can you help me?

Yes, we regularly assist out of state clients, without the need for you to return to Washington. To learn more about our out-of-state services, please contact our experienced attorneys.

Please note that all questions answered on this page are intended for informational purposes only, and it should not be construed as legal advice. Each case is unique, so we recommend that you consult a licensed attorney if you have questions or need advice about a particular legal issue. Nothing on this website is intended to form an attorney/client relationship between you and Findley & Rogers, PLLC.