FAQ

Why Should I Restore My Gun Rights?

While you may not necessarily need your gun rights restored, 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

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

Can I Get My Firearm Rights Back Without Having to Expunge My Record?

Yes, but you may want to do both. Washington state does not combine the two practices and, instead, treats them separately. Since expungement is a more complicated process, it may be possible 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.

I Can’t Afford to Pay My Fines -- Can I Still Have My Gun Rights Restored?

The requirement to pay off your fine will depend on your case. If you were charged with a misdemeanor, you must pay all fines and complete all terms and conditions of your conviction before you can have your gun rights restored. Felony cases generally do not require this, but may be more complicated, please contact us.

Can I Restore My WA Gun Rights With a Protection Order in Place?

If you are only prohibited from possessing a firearm by your protection or no-contact order, then all you need to do to legally possess a firearm is have that order lifted. If you also have a criminal case that impacts your rights it may be possible to have your protection order removed and restore your firearm rights in Washington. For more information and to speak with an experienced gun rights attorney about your situation, please contact us.

Can I Get My Gun Rights Back Even If I Have a WA Felony Conviction?

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 a firearm rights attorney, contact us.

Can I Get My Gun Rights Back With a Domestic Violence Conviction?

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.

Can I Get My Gun Rights Back If I’ve Been Involuntarily Committed to a Psychiatric Hospital?

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

I Live in Washington and Want to Restore My Gun Rights. Is It Possible To Do This if I Have a Conviction in Another 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 No Longer Live in Washington -- Is It Necessary to Restore My Gun Rights in WA?

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. Please contact our experienced gun rights attorneys to learn more about how you can have your individual firearm rights restored.

Can Anyone 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. To learn more about these eligibility requirements and how you can have your record cleared, contact us today!

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 is “Vacating a Criminal Conviction?”

“Vacating” a criminal conviction, which is also referred to as “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. Thorough checks may still show that you were charged with the offense, but not convicted.

What Can I Gain From Having my Juvenile Records Sealed?

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.

I Live in Another State but Have a Criminal Record in Washington State That I Want Expunged -- Can You Help?

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!

Should I Get My Criminal Conviction Expunged in Washington or The State I Was Convicted In?

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 Now -- Can I Get My WA Conviction Cleared From Here?

If you have a conviction in Washington state, you must expunge your conviction in Washington. Contact us to find out if you qualify for not having to appear in court!

Are My Firearm Rights Automatically Restored After Expunging My Record?

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.

How Do I Hire Findley & Rogers to Help With My Expungement And/Or Firearm Restoration Process?

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

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.