Do you have an old criminal offense on your record that has been holding you back? As a resident of Clark County, expunging your criminal record is actually pretty easy with assistance from an attorney.
We’ve all made mistakes in our past. We’ve all learned from them. It isn’t right that a minor or even moderate criminal conviction should hold you back for the rest of your life. Thankfully, it probably doesn’t have to.
Expunging old convictions can significantly improve your life in Clark County. Clearing your criminal record is about more than just pride. It’s about increasing your opportunities for things like jobs, housing, and loans. And it’s about restoring your public integrity.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements?
Washington state law lets you, as a resident of Clark County, expunge your criminal record in most cases. Only violent crimes against others and Class A felonies are permanently ineligible for expungement. The vast majority of criminal convictions can eventually be expunged.
Here are the two requirements you have to meet:
Fulfill Your Court Obligations
First, you need to completely fulfill your obligations to the court. When you were convicted, as part of your sentence the court ordered you to do certain things. This could include everything from prison time to community service, to parole and fines and restitution.
Unfortunately, you cannot expunge your record until you completely do whatever the court required, but in many people’s cases these requirements are already done or can be done in a reasonable amount of time.
Go for Several Years Without New Criminal Convictions
The other main requirement to expunge your criminal record in Clark County is that you need to complete a period ranging from 3 - 10 years, depending on your circumstances. During this time, you must not have any new convictions, and you must not have any new criminal charges pending against you today.
In other words, you can’t expunge a recent conviction.
Choose Findley & Rogers to Guide You Through the Legal Process
If you can satisfy these requirements then Findley & Rogers can help you navigate the legal system in Clark County, expunge your criminal record, and get your life back on track.
Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your criminal record and what your options are for dealing with it.
So long as you meet the legal eligibility requirements, clearing your criminal record in Clark County is your right under the law. Let Findley & Rogers help you today!