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Expungements Lawyer in Renton, Washington

What is an Expungement?

An expungement is a legal process that allows you to clear certain criminal records from public view. In Washington State, this process is officially called "vacating" a conviction. When a conviction is vacated, it is removed from your criminal record and, for most purposes, is treated as if it never occurred.

Why Should I Consider an Expungement?

Having a criminal record can significantly impact your life, even long after you've served your sentence. An expungement can help you:

  • Improve employment opportunities

  • Secure housing more easily

  • Restore certain rights, such as the right to own firearms

  • Enhance your reputation in the community

  • Move forward with your life without the burden of a past mistake

Am I Eligible for an Expungement in Washington State?

Eligibility for expungement in Washington depends on several factors:

Type of Conviction

  • Most misdemeanors and some felonies can be expunged

  • Certain serious crimes, like Class A felonies or sex offenses, are generally not eligible

Time Since Conviction

  • For misdemeanors, you must typically wait 3-5 years after completing your sentence

  • For felonies, the waiting period is usually 5-10 years, depending on the offense

Clean Record Since Conviction

  • You must not have any new criminal charges or convictions during the waiting period

Completion of Sentence

  • All terms of your sentence, including fines, restitution, and community service, must be fulfilled

What is the Expungement Process in Washington?

  1. Case Evaluation: We review your criminal record and assess your eligibility.

  2. Document Preparation: We gather all necessary documents and prepare your petition.

  3. Filing: We file your petition with the appropriate court.

  4. Prosecutor Review: The prosecutor's office reviews your petition and may object.

  5. Court Hearing: If necessary, we represent you at a court hearing.

  6. Judge's Decision: A judge decides whether to grant the expungement.

  7. Record Clearing: If approved, we ensure all relevant agencies update their records.

How Long Does the Expungement Process Take?

The expungement process typically takes 3-6 months from start to finish. However, complex cases or court backlogs may extend this timeline.

What Are the Costs Associated with Expungement?

Costs for expungement services vary depending on the complexity of your case. We offer:

  • Free initial consultation

  • Transparent fee structure

  • Payment plans available

Contact us for a personalized quote based on your specific situation.

Why Choose Duncan Law PLLC for Your Expungement?

  • Experience: We have successfully handled numerous expungement cases in Washington State.

  • Personalized Service: We treat each case with the individual attention it deserves.

  • Comprehensive Approach: We handle all aspects of your expungement from start to finish.

  • Clear Communication: We keep you informed throughout the process and are always available to answer your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I expunge multiple convictions?

Yes, it's possible to expunge multiple convictions, but each case is evaluated separately.

Will an expungement completely erase my record?

While an expungement removes the conviction from public records, certain government agencies may still have access to the information.

Can I expunge a federal conviction in Washington State?

No, our services cover only Washington State convictions. Federal convictions require a different process.

What happens if my expungement is denied?

If denied, we can discuss the reasons and explore options for reapplying in the future or appealing the decision.

Take the First Step Towards a Clean Slate

Don't let a past mistake define your future. Contact Duncan Law PLLC today to explore your options for expungement in Washington State.

Phone: 206-237-7714

Schedule your free consultation now and start your journey towards a fresh start today. 

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