Mar 19, 2021, Have a Washington Felony Record? Vacate it! New Laws Mean More People Qualify.

If you have a felony conviction on your record, you may be wondering if there is a way to clear it. The good news is that it is possible to vacate a felony conviction in Washington State. In this blog post, I will explain what vacating a felony conviction means, which types of felonies are eligible, and the process for determining if you qualify for this process.

What Is Vacating a Felony Conviction?

Vacating a felony conviction means that you are released from all the penalties and disabilities associated with the crime. You can state for all purposes, including housing and employment, that you have not been convicted. Essentially, your record is cleared of the conviction. However, it is important to note that the conviction will still show up on your criminal history, but it will show that it has been vacated.

Which Types of Felonies Are Eligible?

Eligibility for vacating a felony conviction in Washington State depends on the class or type of felony. Class A felonies, which are the most serious, cannot be vacated. However, the majority of Class B and Class C felonies can be vacated. Examples of Class B felonies include auto theft, burglary, and certain types of assault. Class C felonies include certain types of theft, forgery, and drug cases.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for Vacating a Felony Conviction?

In order to be eligible to vacate a Class B or C felony, a sufficient amount of time must have passed. For Class B or more serious felonies, it must have been 10 years since you completed all of your requirements, including your sentence, fees, and any other conditions, and 10 years without any other convictions. For Class C felonies, such as theft and drug charges, it must have been 5 years since you completed everything and 5 years without any other convictions.

How to Determine If You Qualify for Vacating a Felony Conviction?

Determining if you qualify for vacating a felony conviction can be a complex process. It is best to seek the help of an experienced expungement attorney who can review your case and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements. As a Washington State expungement attorney, I can guide you through this process and help you understand your options. You can contact me, Stefanie Dorn, at (206) 222-8829 to learn more.

In conclusion, vacating a felony conviction in Washington State can provide many benefits for your future, including improved job prospects and housing options. If you have a Class B or C felony on your record, and sufficient time has passed, it’s worth exploring whether you qualify for vacating your conviction. Contact my office today to learn about your options and take the first step towards a brighter future.

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