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EXPUNGEMENT OF YOUR RECORD - GETTING STARTED

CLEAR YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD IN WASHINGTON STATE

 

Use the criteria on this page to determine if you are initially eligible to clear your criminal record in Washington State.  Then, contact me to determine your final eligibility for expungement of your Washington State criminal record.  I offer representation and budget options to fit your situation.

 

CRITERIA FOR EXPUNGEMENT OF A MISDEMEANOR CONVICTION

Expungement of a misdemeanor conviction is done with a Motion to Vacate Conviction, which is filed with the court where you were convicted.  If you believe you satisfy the criteria below, then call or e-mail me and we can get started with an expungement of your conviction.

 

1- You do not have a new criminal charge filed against you in any state or federal court at this time.

 

2- Your case is "closed", and three years have passed since that date.  A misdemeanor case is "closed" when all the terms of the sentence, including financial obligations and the probation period, are finished.  The time period does not run from the date you were convicted or sentenced.  The three year requirement applies only if your case did not involve a domestic violence charge.

 

3- For a case that involved a domestic violence charge, five years must pass from the date the case is "closed".

 

4- A misdemeanor conviction that is a DUI, a sex crime, or a crime defined as a "violent offense" by Washington State law cannot be vacated.  If your case involves any of these, then expungement is not an option and the record cannot be cleared.

 

5- You were not convicted of a crime after the date you were convicted of the crime you want to have expunged.  Washington State law prohibits vacating a conviction if a subsequent conviction has occurred.

 

6- You have not vacated or expunged any other criminal conviction.  Washington State law permits only one misdemeanor conviction to be cleared from your record.

 

7- There is not a no-contact order or an anti-harassment protection order against you, and a court has not ordered one against you within the past five years.

 

CRITERIA FOR EXPUNGEMENT OF A FELONY CONVICTION

Expungement of a felony conviction is also done with a Motion to Vacate Conviction, which is filed with the court where you were convicted.  If you believe you satisfy the criteria below, then call or e-mail me and we can get started with an expungement of your conviction.

 

1- There are no criminal charges pending against you in any state or federal court.

 

2- Your felony conviction is not classified by Washington State law as a "violent offense".  Washington State law does not permit a "violent offense" to be expunged.

 

3- Your felony conviction is not classified by Washington State law as a "crime against a person".  Washington State law does not permit these crimes to be expunged from a criminal record.

 

4- You have not been convicted of another crime since the date of discharge.  Usually, a Certificate of Discharge is filed when all sentence conditions have been completed, including expiration of any no-contact order issued as part of the sentence.  This is similar to a misdemeanor case being "closed".

 

5- The required time period has passed.  For a class B felony, the time period is 10 years; for a class C felony, the time period is 5 years.  The time begins to run from the "date of discharge".

 

GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR EXPUNGEMENT IN WASHINGTON STATE

If you believe you meet the above criteria to have your Washington State criminal conviction expunged, then I will need the following documents to begin the process.

 

1- A copy of the court docket.  This can be obtained from the court clerk in the court where your criminal case was filed.

 

2- A copy of your WATCH Report from the Washington State Patrol website.  The WATCH Report is the official record for criminal history in Washington State.

 

3- A copy of the Judgment and Sentencing Order in your criminal case.

 

4- A copy of the Certificate of Discharge, if the conviction is for a felony.

 

These four documents are generally sufficient to begin expungement of your criminal record.  If you have them, you can send me copies; if you don't, then I can obtain them from the court for you.

 

If you believe you are eligible for an expungement of your Washington State criminal record, then please contact me to discuss the next step and get started clearing your record.

 

A criminal conviction will not disappear from your criminal record without action.  A criminal conviction is removed from your record only after a court order "vacating" the conviction has been entered.

 

I've helped many, many people since 1992 clear their record in Washington State.  With background checks increasingly more common for employment or other activities, it makes sense to have a criminal conviction expunged and clear your criminal record.

 

Call or e-mail me to discuss your options.

 

 

     

 
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