Expunging a Conviction in Washington

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The state of Washington allows some records of criminal convictions to be expunged or deleted. Expungement is referred to as “vacating a judgment” in Washington state expungement statutes. These statutes allow certain felonies to be expunged if they occurred after July 1, 1984. If a record has been expunged, it is as if the person never committed the crime. Expungement eligibility is based on requirements, including:
 
 Regarding the last requirement, Washington makes several distinctions depending on the type of conviction. For example, expungement is allowed for the following types of crimes:
 
In order to have a conviction expunged, the defendant must file a motion with the court indicating their desire to have the conviction vacated. Only upon approval by the court will the record be expunged. 

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Last Modified: 06-18-2010 03:51 PM PDT

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