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Big News; Remove Old Convictions From Your Court Record!

Posted by Howard Stein | Jul 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

The law that allows misdemeanors to be removed from a persons record has changed for the better!  

If you have an old conviction and you have gone at least three years with no new charges since the successful completion of any probation you may be able to remove one or all of your old convictions from the court records.  Of course there are restrictions and exceptions on cases like domestic violence and driving under the influence.  But, if you have your conviction vacated you can lawfully say that you do not have that conviction on your record. This is a huge benefit when looking for a job, renting an apartment or applying for a professional license.   Contact Stein, Lotzkar & Starr PS at 425 576-0026 to find out more.  

Also, under new law you may be able to vacate multiple misdemeanor convictions or go back to vacate an older conviction that is causing your problems or concerns - as long as there have been no charges for at least three years.

 There are other ways to remove old convictions, charges and non-conviction data too.  In today's world there are numerous databases that may have information about convictions.  Once a conviction is vacated private databases can also be forced to update or remove that information.  

Here are the exact changes in the law:

 RCW 9.96.060(2) used to contain provisions that prohibited the vacation of more than one misdemeanor:

(2) An applicant may not have the record of conviction for a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offense vacated if any one of the following is present: ...

(g) The offender has been convicted of a new crime in this state, another state, or federal court since the date of conviction; or 

(h) The applicant has ever had the record of another conviction vacated;   

Now the statute has been amended so that if only requires that a person has been free of any criminal charge for the three years before a petition to vacate can be filed.  Again, DV cases have a longer waiting period and DUI cases can not be vacated.  For almost every other misdemeanor it is a three year waiting period

(2) An applicant may not have the record of conviction for a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offense vacated if any one of the following is present: ...

(g) The offender has been convicted of a new crime in this state, another state, or federal or tribal court in the three years prior to the vacation application; or 

(h) The applicant has ever had the record of another conviction vacated;   

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Howard Stein

Firm Partner, Personal Injury, and Criminal Defense Attorney Howard Stein has been practicing law for over 30 years in Washington State. He has experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney, attorney fighting for those who have been injured and as a judge pro tem. He also teaches other attorneys ...

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