In Washington State, the expungement or vacating of criminal records is a separate process from both the sealing of records and the restoration of firearm rights. If you are looking into any of the above judicial processes, you need legal assistance from Robert Cossey & Associates. You do not want to navigate the red tape surrounding these processes alone. Naturally, criminal records that are readily available to the public can hamper your civil rights, your ability to pass a background check for employment and housing and much more.
Restoration of Firearm Rights in Washington State
As mentioned, this is a different process unrelated to the expungement or the sealing of criminal records. The restoration of firearm rights must be issued as a court order by a Superior Court in Washington State. This process is typically easier than expunging or sealing criminal records, but it does take time, usually four months on average. Firearm rights can be restored if you have a felony conviction on your record, too, as long as it’s not a class A felony or a sex offense.
It is important to note that the general guidelines described above are just the tip of the iceberg. There are other stipulations regarding the reinstatement of firearm rights, and you need an experienced attorney to help you navigate those waters. The same goes for the stipulations surrounding the vacating or ‘expungement’ of criminal records and the sealing of criminal records in Washington State.
Sealing of Criminal Records in Washington
The sealing of criminal records in the state of Washington is not an easy process. Moreover, it is only available to those whose charges did not result in a conviction. If you have a criminal conviction on your record, what you want to seek with the help of attorney is to have that conviction vacated or expunged. Those two terms mean the same thing, and simply put, they entitle you to legally say that you have not been convicted of a criminal offense.
Understand that an expungement doesn’t mean that the charges are removed from your criminal record. They are still viewable by the public but show that the conviction was vacated. It is also important to note that while the courts in Washington may issue an expungement, you need an attorney to get in touch with the Washington State Patrol as well. As you can see, whether you are seeking an expungement of a criminal record, a sealing of your criminal record or restoration of your right to bear arms, you need the best legal assistance available – Robert Cossey & Associates.
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