There is NO Downside to Request Your Conviction be Vacated
Sometimes life happens, and you make a mistake. That one mistake, that one moment can profoundly impact your life. A criminal history can follow you and continue to cause problems long after the mistake and long after you have paid for the crime and made amends.
With most crimes, Washington law allows you to ask the court to vacate your criminal conviction. If the court grants your motion to vacate your conviction, there would still be a file in the court’s archives; but, it would most likely not be reported in a background check.
Whether or not you can ask the court to vacate conviction depends on: (1) your conviction; and (2) how much time has passed since your conviction or release from custody.
You Cannot Try to Vacate Some Crimes
Unfortunately, there are some crimes that you cannot vacate; such as:
Keep In Mind
Vacating a conviction does NOT automatically restore your gun rights. You must ask the court in a separate request for your gun rights to be restored. For more information, click here.