Expungement Washington State

Tacoma, WA’s Expungement Experts

What does expungement mean? Expungement means to “cross out.” Cross out what? A conviction that has marred your legal record and held you back in life.

In an increasingly digital era, where employers have more and more access to records, a past criminal conviction can destroy the prospect of employment — and a new beginning.

Like you, we believe in the power of a second chance. That’s why we specialize in expungement. Washington State allows a person convicted of certain criminal actions to “vacate” that conviction provided that they meet certain criteria. In addition, sometimes it is possible to “seal” a file to prevent public access and restore your rights to firearms.

Is expungement possible for me?

Our attorneys have experience dealing with prosecutors and extensive knowledge about the common pitfalls that prevent a conviction from being vacated (removed from your record). In law, this kind of work experience is priceless. 

Don’t sit and wonder whether expunging your record is possible. Find out. Call or click for a free consultation, and we can discuss your particular circumstances and help determine if you are eligible to vacate a past conviction.

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      Questions about Expungement? Ask Slater.

      I have been convicted of a crime and now cannot get a job. What can I do? ▾

      Don’t believe what they say: old dogs can learn new tricks. It’s up to you to put your old ways behind you, but Washington law does allow you to vacate certain prior criminal convictions if you meet statutory criteria. Prosecutors, and the court, often do not like to set aside prior convictions and therefore this can be a complicated task; however, if done successfully you will be able to say that you have never been convicted of a crime.

      I heard someone talking about sealing records. What does that mean? ▾

      That’s an easy one. Almost all court records are open to the public and anyone can sniff around and see them. Even if you have a conviction vacated, it is still possible for someone to read the entire case file, including any charging documents or plea agreements. So, depending on your situation it may be advisable to seal the file so that the public can not freely access it. In Washington State, sealing a court file is a discretionary decision by the court.