If your life is being held back because of a past criminal charge or conviction, it may be possible to have the record of that crime removed from your official record. Depending on the circumstances, it is possible in Washington to expunge a criminal record, to vacate a criminal conviction, or to seal a record. A Seattle expungement attorney can help you explore your options and seek the relief you are entitled to.
Why You Should Work to Clean Your Record
A criminal record can be a big hindrance to a career. Employers will almost always run a criminal background check on prospective employees. For many careers, the ability to attain professional licensing may also be jeopardized by a criminal record. For many people, undertaking the time and cost to clean their record is a necessary step to advancing their career. Moreover, even for those that do not have career concerns, it can be emotionally freeing to know that the record of their past mistake or alleged mistake is no longer a part of their record.
Types of Relief
There are several ways that the Washington law allows people to clear past convictions or criminal charges from their records. These types of relief all require a judge to sign a court order.
- Expunge criminal record. For “non-conviction data” – for instance a record of an arrest – expungement may be an option after two years have passed.
- Vacate crime. In many instances, misdemeanor convictions can be vacated upon written request. In some cases, even felony convictions can be vacated; however not until at least 5 years have passed. Vacating a conviction allows a person to legally and honestly state that they have never been convicted of it. However, a record of the conviction will still be held by the State of Washington.
- Seal record. It may also be possible for other information to be sealed from the public record. For instance, if there is some matter of public record that you find damaging to your reputation or privacy, it may be possible to have that information removed from public accessibility
Contact the Law Offices of Stefanie Dorn Today
If you would like to have a conviction vacated, sealed, or expunged, I can help. I am an experienced Seattle expungement attorney who has helped numerous clients expunge or vacate a crime or seal a record. I am dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for my clients in a timely manner for a reasonable flat rate. Contact the Law Offices of Stefanie Dorn for a free consultation at (206) 931-1315.