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.

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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Mar 19, 2021, Clearing Your Record: Vacating a Misdemeanor Conviction in Washington State

As an expungement attorney in Washington State, I often receive questions about vacating misdemeanor convictions. In this blog post, I’ll discuss what vacating a conviction means and how to determine if you are eligible for this process.

Vacating a conviction means that your guilty plea or the verdict of guilt is withdrawn, and a not guilty plea is entered. The charging document is then dismissed, which allows you to state for all purposes, including housing and employment, that you have not been convicted of the offense. However, it’s important to note that the conviction will still show up on your criminal history, but it will show that it has been vacated.

Eligibility for vacating a misdemeanor conviction in Washington State depends on the case type. Certain sex offenses and DUIs are not eligible unless they have been amended down to a reduced charge. However, the majority of other misdemeanors and assorted crimes, including domestic violence, are eligible for vacating.

The timeframe to qualify for vacating a conviction also depends on the case type. For domestic violence offenses, at least five years must have passed since you have completed everything. For general offenses, such as criminal trespass, theft, or harassment, at least three years must have passed since you have completed all the terms and conditions of your sentence and stayed out of trouble since then.

If you think you may be eligible for vacating a misdemeanor conviction, it’s best to seek the help of an experienced expungement attorney. I am available to review your case and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements. You can reach me, Stefanie Dorn, at (206) 222-8829 for assistance. Don’t let a past conviction hold you back any longer – call my office today to learn about your options.

Mar 19, 2021, Understanding Vacating a Conviction in Washington State

In Washington State, vacating a conviction can provide a fresh start for individuals who have completed their sentence and have been crime-free for a certain period of time. Expungement attorney Stefanie Dorn clarifies that vacating and expunging a conviction mean the same thing: turning a guilty plea or verdict into a not guilty verdict. Once a conviction is vacated, the court dismisses the charging document and releases the person from all penalties and disabilities associated with the crime. This allows individuals to state for all purposes, including housing and employment, that they have not been convicted of the offense.

The process of vacating a conviction involves submitting a petition to the court and meeting certain eligibility requirements, such as completing all the terms of the sentence and staying out of trouble for a specific period of time. The Washington State Patrol is responsible for processing the vacated record and updating their records. They also send the updated record to the FBI, who remove the conviction from their records.

If you are interested in vacating a conviction in Washington State, contact expungement attorney Stefanie Dorn at [email protected] or call (206) 222-8829 to determine your eligibility and receive guidance throughout the process.

Mar 19, 2021, How to Vacate a Reckless or Negligent Driving Conviction in Washington State

Have you been convicted of reckless driving or negligent driving in Washington State after a DUI charge? If so, you may be eligible to vacate that conviction and start fresh. In this blog post, we’ll explore the requirements for vacating a conviction and how the Law Office of Stefanie Dorn can help.

To be eligible to vacate a reckless driving or negligent driving conviction, it must have been 10 years since your arrest and you must have completed all the terms of your sentence. Additionally, you must have stayed out of trouble for a period of time following the conviction. If these conditions apply to you, you may be able to vacate the conviction and have it removed from your criminal record.

At the Law Office of Stefanie Dorn, we have over a decade of experience helping clients vacate their criminal records. We understand the impact that a criminal record can have on your life, including employment opportunities, housing, and even your ability to travel. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping our clients achieve a fresh start and move forward with their lives.

If you’re interested in vacating your reckless driving or negligent driving conviction, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation. We’ll work with you to determine your eligibility and guide you through the process, answering any questions you may have along the way.

To schedule a consultation with our experienced Washington State expungement attorney, email us at [email protected] or give us a call at (206) 222-8829. Take the first step towards a better future – contact us today.

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