Jun 3, 2023, New Washington State Law Aims to Help Domestic Violence Victims Clear Their Criminal Records


Washington State has recently passed new laws aimed at helping victims of domestic violence. While this is a step toward protecting these vulnerable individuals, an issue still needs to be addressed: the criminal justice system can often work against them.

In Washington State, there are mandatory arrest laws where police officers are required to arrest and book someone if they determine that there has been domestic violence. However, this can lead to bad decisions, such as putting the wrong person behind bars based on superficial evidence. This can cause irreversible damage to both the victim and the wrongfully convicted perpetrator.

To combat this issue, the new law in Washington State allows victims of domestic violence who have been wrongfully convicted due to their abuser’s actions to vacate their conviction. This means those wrongly convicted can have their record cleared, giving them a fresh start.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and have been impacted by a criminal record that you should not have, please feel free to contact me to take the necessary steps to clear your record.

It is important to remember that victims of domestic violence deserve justice and protection from the criminal justice system. The new law in Washington State is a welcome development, but more needs to be done to ensure that all victims of domestic violence receive fair treatment and justice.

May 23, 2023, Streamlined Criminal Record Vacating: A Stress-Free Path to a Fresh Start


Dealing with a criminal record can be an overwhelming and anxiety-inducing experience. The thought of going through the process of vacating a conviction might seem like an insurmountable task, filled with time-consuming court appearances, emotional strain, and endless paperwork. However, there’s good news: Attorney Stefanie Dorn, based in Washington State, is here to alleviate your worries and make the journey towards a clean slate a stress-free one. In this blog post, we’ll explore how Stefanie simplifies the process of vacating criminal records, providing a streamlined solution that takes the burden off your shoulders.

The Misconceptions and Concerns:

Many individuals who consider vacating their criminal record often express concerns about the extensive time, effort, and emotional toll it may take. Appearing in court multiple times, dealing with appeals, and taking time off work can be daunting and add to the already overwhelming nature of the process. Anxiety and uncertainty often cloud the path to a fresh start.

Stefanie Dorn: Your Stress-Free Solution:

Enter Stefanie Dorn, an experienced attorney in Washington State who specializes in helping individuals with their criminal records. With her expertise and streamlined approach, Stefanie takes the stress out of vacating convictions, making the process accessible and hassle-free.

Simplifying the Process:

Contrary to common misconceptions, Stefanie emphasizes that the process of vacating a criminal record doesn’t have to be a lengthy, convoluted ordeal. Rather than gathering letters from various sources and enduring numerous court appearances, Stefanie provides a much more streamlined version. All she needs from her clients is their date of birth and an electronic signature on some documents.

Handling the Legalities:

Once you’ve entrusted Stefanie with the task of vacating your criminal record, she takes care of all the necessary paperwork, court filings, and interactions with the legal system on your behalf. This means you can focus on moving forward and rebuilding your life, without the stress and anxiety that often accompany such endeavors.

A Stress-Free Journey:

Stefanie’s aim is to ensure that the process of vacating your criminal record becomes a stress-free journey. By handling the complexities of the legal system, she minimizes the time, effort, and emotional strain on your part. This allows you to experience a smoother transition towards a brighter future.


Don’t let the fear of an anxiety-inducing process deter you from seeking a fresh start. Attorney Stefanie Dorn is committed to simplifying the path to vacating your criminal record, making it a stress-free experience for her clients. With her expertise, she handles all the necessary paperwork, court filings, and interactions with the legal system, allowing you to focus on rebuilding your life with confidence.

If you’re interested in vacating your criminal record but find the courts overwhelming, reach out to the law office of Stefanie Dorn at 206-222-8829. Take the first step towards a stress-free journey to a brighter future, where your past no longer defines you.

May 18, 2023, Navigating Whatcom County and Bellingham Vacates: Insights and Tips for a Unique Court Experience

Introduction: Are you dealing with legal matters in Whatcom County and Bellingham? Brace yourself for a court system with a personality all its own. Known for their quirks and distinct processes, these courts can be challenging to navigate. However, fear not! Attorney Stefanie Dorn has extensive experience dealing with the vacating processes in Whatcom County and Bellingham courts and is here to share some insights and tips. In this blog post, we’ll explore the peculiarities of these courts, the unique requirements they have, and how Stefanie handles them efficiently to provide the best outcome for her clients.

Quirks and Challenges in Whatcom County and Bellingham Courts: Whatcom County and Bellingham courts have earned a reputation for their unique personality, and many clients have faced difficulties throughout their legal journeys. One significant difference lies in the vacating processes, which deviate from the norms followed by other courts. Stefanie has observed these differences firsthand and has become well-versed in addressing the challenges they present.

Original Signatures and Physical Mail: One peculiar requirement in these courts is the insistence on original signatures. Unlike other courts that accept electronic signatures, Whatcom County and Bellingham courts demand physical copies with genuine, inked signatures. This requirement can slow down the process considerably and necessitates additional steps. Stefanie has mastered this art and assists her clients by preparing the necessary paperwork, which is then sent via traditional mail for a wet signature. Once the documents are returned, she handles their submission. While this may seem old-fashioned in today’s digital age, it’s crucial to adapt to the specific requirements of each court.

A Detail-Oriented and Slower Process: Due to the reliance on physical mail and original signatures, the vacating processes in Whatcom County and Bellingham courts tend to be a bit slower compared to other jurisdictions embracing esignatures, email, and efiling. However, this extra attention to detail is part of what makes these courts unique. Stefanie understands the intricacies and ensures that all the necessary steps are meticulously followed. Her expertise and dedication shine through as she navigates the process with precision, keeping her clients well-informed and involved every step of the way.

Agreements and Hearings: Fortunately, there’s good news amidst the quirks. Stefanie reveals that many prosecutors in these courts are open to reaching agreements, making the process smoother and more efficient. By obtaining agreements and sign-offs, she can often avoid lengthy hearings altogether. This saves clients time, effort, and the stress of having to appear in court. Stefanie takes pride in handling these

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May 10, 2023, Vacating a Felony Conviction in Washington State: What You Need to Know

If you have a felony conviction on your record, you may not have considered vacating it yet. However, vacating a conviction can offer several benefits, including the ability to state that you have not been convicted of a crime for employment and housing purposes. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what you need to know about vacating a felony conviction in Washington State.

First, it’s essential to understand that most class B and C felonies are eligible for vacating after 5 or 10 years, depending on the offense. The general requirement is that you’ve completed what you were told to do and otherwise stayed out of trouble. For example, if you were convicted of a class B felony, you must wait ten years from the date of your release from confinement, including community custody or post-prison supervision. If you were convicted of a class C felony, you must wait five years from the date of your release from confinement, including community custody or post-prison supervision.

The vacating process is relatively smooth and not very hands-on for clients. You can hire a criminal record attorney like Stefanie Dorn from the Law Office of Stefanie Dorn to assist you. The attorney can guide you through the process, which typically involves filing a motion with the court and attending a hearing. If the court grants your motion, the court will enter an order vacating your conviction. The order will state that you have not been convicted of the crime for all purposes, including housing and employment.

It’s essential to note that vacating a conviction doesn’t erase your criminal record. Instead, it creates a separate record that shows the conviction has been vacated. However, the separate record is not visible to the public or most employers, and you can state that you have not been convicted of the crime. If you’re interested in vacating a felony conviction in Washington State, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Office of Stefanie Dorn. Stefanie Dorn is a criminal record attorney who has helped many clients through the vacating process. You can call her office at 206-222-8829 or visit her website at https://www.attorneydorn.com for more information.

Apr 08, 2023, Vacating Your Criminal Record in Washington State: Recent Changes in Eligibility Requirements

If you’ve been told in the past that you’re not eligible to vacate your Washington State criminal record, it’s worth taking another look. Significant changes in the law in the past 3-5 years have expanded eligibility, and you may now be able to vacate your record even if you were not eligible before. In this blog post, I’ll discuss these changes and what they mean for you.

In the past, eligibility for vacating a criminal record in Washington State was limited to certain case types, and there were logistical and financial restrictions that made it difficult for some individuals to vacate their records. Additionally, if you had multiple convictions, you were often only able to vacate one of them.

However, in the past few years, there have been significant changes to the law that have made it easier for individuals to vacate their criminal records. For example, you can now vacate multiple case types, and there are fewer logistical and financial restrictions. Additionally, if you have multiple convictions, you may now be able to vacate more than one of them.

These changes mean that even if you were not eligible to vacate your criminal record in the past, you may now meet the requirements. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible, it’s worth seeking the help of an experienced expungement attorney. As a Washington State expungement attorney, I can review your case and help you understand your options.

In conclusion, significant changes in the law have made it easier for individuals to vacate their criminal records in Washington State. If you’ve been told in the past that you’re not eligible, it’s worth taking another look to see if you now meet the requirements. Contact my office at (206) 222-8829 to learn more about the changes in the law and how they may impact your eligibility to vacate your criminal record.

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Feb 24, 2023, How to Vacate Your Assault Conviction Record and Take Control of Your Future

Having an assault conviction on your record can create a wide range of problems, from difficulties finding employment or housing to obstacles in obtaining licensing and certifications, and even impacting your ability to travel freely. However, if you have a conviction for assault, you may be eligible to vacate it and gain a fresh start. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the eligibility requirements for vacating assault convictions in Washington State, and how you can take control of your future with the help of an experienced attorney.

Eligibility for Vacating Assault Convictions in Washington State

The eligibility requirements for vacating an assault conviction record in Washington State vary based on the type of conviction. For a simple misdemeanor assault, such as a bar fight, enough time has to pass since you completed everything during which you were crime-free. That’s going to be three years for a simple misdemeanor assault, five years for domestic violence, and five years for a Class C felony. For a Class B felony, it will be ten years since you did everything. There are some restrictions, such as those for assaults committed against officers and children, and some limits on domestic violence in terms of the number of cases you can vacate for misdemeanors. However, the majority of assault-based convictions can be vacated if everything has been paid up, completed, and enough time has passed.

How an Attorney Can Help You Vacate Your Conviction Record

Vacating a conviction record can be a complex and challenging process, and it’s always recommended that you work with an experienced attorney to ensure the best possible outcome. An attorney can help you prepare your application correctly and present your case in the best possible light to the court. They can also represent you in court hearings, negotiations, and appeals if necessary, ensuring that you have the best possible chance of success.

Contact an Experienced Attorney Today

If you’re looking to vacate your assault conviction record and take control of your future, the Law Office of Stefanie Dorn is here to help. With over a decade of experience helping clients navigate the legal system and achieve positive outcomes, our firm is well-equipped to help you achieve the fresh start you deserve. Contact us today at (206) 222-8829 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you take control of your future.

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Jan 28, 2023, Criminal Record for Theft in Washington State? Vacating Can Help with Employment!

The charge that I help people vacate the most. Theft and theft related charges like possession of stolen property or attempted theft. Having those charges on your record can be like employment kryptonite. A small misunderstanding or mistake is not defining of your character, but employers are concerned about employee theft, so they see it as a significant red flag.

The good news is that in Washington State, all theft related convictions, theft, attempted theft, possession of stolen property. They are all eligible to be vacated so long as you meet the criteria. What are those criteria. Enough time has to have passed since you completed all the terms and conditions, and you also have to have stayed out of trouble for that same period of time. Three years for a misdemeanor. Five years for a Class C felony. Ten years for a Class B felony, from when you completed the primary portion.

If that is something you could be eligible for, vacating could be a major help to you because it allows you to state, the orders specifically say that you can state for all purposes including housing and employment that you have not been convicted of that crime. I help clients with this in Washington State. It is a smooth and efficient process. Please feel free to give my office a call to learn more.

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Jan 10, 2023, Criminal Record FAQ: Can I Expunge My Arrest Record?

How do I know if I am eligible to expunge my arrest record? So essentially taking your FBI file from something that would have the arrest information and then sort of court information, even if the matter was dismissed, to a clean FBI Rapsheet response, which would just have your name, date of birth, and an indication that there was no record. I work with my clients in Washington State to do a request to expunge the non-conviction data with the Washington State Patrol.

Eligibility, one, enough time has to have passed. It has to have been 3 years since the date of the arrest or 2 years since it became non-conviction data, so either the dismissal date or the date that they did no charges files. The second thing is that you can’t, generally, have any arrests or charges since it happened. The third thing is that you can’t have any prior convictions for a gross misdemeanor or a felony. Finally, it can’t have been dismissed by way of a deferred prosecution or “similar.” So, a deferred sentence or generally something where there is an admission of guilty and a heavy-handed punishment.

If you meet those requirements, you may be able to expunge your arrest with the Washington State Patril. I work with clients regularly with this. It’s a pretty smooth process when you work with an attorney. Feel free to give my office a call.

Dec 20, 2022, Gex X got a Bad Deal with Criminal Records

Gen X got a bad deal when it comes to criminal records. One thing I have noticed in my practice is that people born in the 70s and late 60s did not seem to get as fair of a shake when it comes to criminal records. I think there are a few things at play: the combination of record really sticking and lasting in the information era combined with the really tough on crime policies from the 80s and 90s.

When I pull a lot of 90s cases, I don’t see deals. I see really harsh mandatory sentences. I see $30,000 restitution bills. It wasn’t a terribly empathetic period. The combination of youthfulness, the permanency of criminal records, as well as the attitude in time that we really need to be tough on crime has led to people not only being significantly punished at the time but not being able to shake the punishment of their criminal record.

The good news is that most of those cases are eligible to be expunged, vacated, or sealed. Even cases that have an outstanding financial obligation, those $30,000 restitution bills, if it was before the year 2000, that is the cutoff then even the finds are forgivable. I’ve also found that prosecutors and judges are really showing a lot more kindness and empathy especially in terms of those really disproportionately severe sentences.

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