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If you have been convicted of a crime in Washington, you may want to get your record cleared. Having a criminal record can affect many different aspects of your life, making it difficult for you to get a job, obtain professional licensure, apply for loans or other credit, or even get admitted to the college or university of your choice. In Washington, most non-violent crimes can be vacated from the record of the convict, however, you need to meet a variety of criteria to be eligible to have your records vacated:
- You must have completed the sentencing for the crime
- You must not have criminal charges against you pending
- You have successfully completed your parole/probation requirements and are no longer under court supervision
- The crime must be non-violent and eligible for expungement
- DUI’s are not eligible for expungement
There are also mandatory waiting periods before you can have a criminal record vacated or expunged in Washington:
- 10 years for a class B felony
- 5 years for a class C felony
- 5 years for domestic violence (only first time domestic violence charges are eligible)
- 3 years for a misdemeanor
- 3 years for a gross misdemeanor
- 3 years for a diversion or deferred judgement
Don’t let a criminal record ruin the rest of your life. If you’ve satisfied the court’s requirements for the crime you committed, you need to hire a professional, experienced attorney. Greene & Lloyd, PLLC are available to assist you with your expungment and will go the extra mile to ensure that your record is cleared and your freedoms are reinstated.