Expungement Attorney Vancouver WA

Record Expungement

How do I get my criminal conviction vacated or expunged?

Would you like to get a criminal conviction removed from your record? Are you concerned about disclosing your criminal record on employment or housing applications? You may be eligible to get some convictions erased from your record. In Washington, removing charges from your file is also referred to as “expunging” or “vacating” your record. Contact us today for assistance. If you live out of state, are busy with work, or nervous appearing in front of a judge, we may be able to take care of the process for you without you ever having to appear in court.

Washington State recently changed the law on expunging your record. Because every case is different, contact a professional attorney for an individual consultation. To get your conviction vacated, you must meet some baseline requirements. The rules are different for felony, misdemeanor, and domestic violence assault charges.

Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor Vacation Requirements

  • You must have completed all the terms of your sentence.
  • There must be no criminal charges pending against you in any court.
  • The crime must not have been a violent offense or attempt thereof, as defined by RCW 9.94A.030.
  • The offense must not have been a DUI or Physical Control charge.
  • If the crime was a reduced charge from an original DUI, it has been less than ten years since your conviction.
  • At least three years have passed since completing the terms of your sentence.
  • If a Domestic Violence conviction, at least five years have passed since completing the duration of your sentence.
  • If a Domestic Violence conviction, you must have no prior Domestic Violence convictions.
  • It has been at least three years since being convicted of a crime in any state.
  • The offense did not involve obscenity, pornography, sexual exploitation of children, or any sex offense, except for misdemeanor failure to register as a sex offender.
  • You are currently not subject to any restraining orders, no-contact orders, domestic violence protection orders, or anti-harassment orders.
  • If previously subject to one of the directives mentioned above and the Court found that you have violated it, at least five years have passed before your petition for vacation.

Felony Vacation Requirements

  • There must be no criminal charges pending against you in any court.
  • The offense must not be a felony DUI or felony Physical Control.
  • For a Class B felony, at least ten years have passed since your conviction of any subsequent crimes.
  • For a Class C felony, at least five years have passed since your conviction of any following crimes.
  • For a Class C felony, at least five years have passed since the later of i.) your release from community custody, ii.) your release from confinement, or iii.) your sentencing date.
  • For a Class B felony, at least ten years have passed since the later of i.) your release from community custody, ii.) your release from confinement, or iii.) your sentencing date.
  • You have received a Certificate of Discharge – a certificate that you have completed all conditions of your sentence, including court costs.
  • The offense was not a violent offense under RCW 9.94A.030. Except that Assault II, Robbery II, and Assault III when not committed against a police officer may be vacated if the conviction did not involve a firearm, deadly weapon, or involve a sexual motivation enhancement.

Every case is unique, so the checklist above serves as a general guideline. Contact our office for a free case evaluation.

After Expungement

In most circumstances, once a criminal conviction is vacated or expunged, you will be released from all penalties associated with the conviction, and you can legally state on a job or housing application that you have not been convicted of that crime.

Once the court expunges your conviction, the clerk of the court will notify the Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies to update their records and erase your conviction. Additionally, a notification will be sent to the FBI to update their records and remove your conviction.

Vacating your criminal conviction does not automatically restore your right to possess a firearm. Getting your firearms back will require a separate process. Contact us today for more information.

A criminal conviction does not need to stay on your record forever. We can help turn your life around and put this criminal charge behind you for good. We offer affordable services at a flat-fee. Call or email us today to set up a free consultation.

Vancouver Firearm Restoration Lawyer

Your Second Amendment right to possess a firearm is a fundamental bedrock of our constitution. We understand that a restriction of your ability to own a gun can be devastating. Whether you are a serious hunter, an avid gun collector, or need protection to defend your home, a criminal conviction barring you from possessing a gun can negatively affect your life. If you need your firearm rights restored, we may be able to help. Even more, we may be able to assist without you ever having to come to court. Call to find out more.

Record Expungement Vancouver WA

Some Washington state criminal convictions (link to RCW 9.41.040) will result in a loss of your right to possess a firearm. In Washington, any felony criminal conviction and some misdemeanor Domestic Violence criminal convictions will automatically result in the revocation of your right to possess a firearm.

These can include:

  • Assault IV
  • Stalking
  • Coercion
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Criminal Trespass 1st Degree
  • Violation of a Protection Order
  • Violation of a No Contact Order

You will not be eligible to possess a firearm until the Court has restored your right to do so. The consequences of being caught in unlawful possession of a firearm can be dire. Do not risk it; contact an experienced firearm restoration attorney for assistance in restoring your right to possess a gun. We will take care of the process for you.

Am I eligible to restore my firearms, right?

Generally speaking, to qualify for restoration of your gun rights, you must meet certain baseline criteria:

  • You have no other pending criminal charges in Washington or any other state.
  • You have never been convicted of a Class A Felony or a sex offense, or been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
  • If restoring following a felony conviction: it has been at least five years since you were convicted of a criminal charge.
  • If restoring following a misdemeanor Domestic Violence conviction: it has been at least three years since you were convicted of a criminal charge, and you have completed all conditions of your sentence.
  • You do not have any prior felony convictions prohibiting you from possessing a firearm.
  • You have never been convicted of a felony charge where the use of a firearm was involved.

Call our office today for a free consultation to see if you are eligible to have your firearm rights restored in Washington. We will take the time to review your case and come up with a detailed action plan to restore your rights. We will draft and file all the necessary paperwork with the court. We will communicate with the court and the prosecutor to schedule you the earliest available court hearing. At Carley Legal Services, our goal is to make this a smooth and easy process for you to restore your rights.