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Legislature Looks to Modify Rules for Vacating Misdemeanor Convictions

Posted by Ryan Robertson | Feb 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

The State Legislature is in session and a proposed bill may make substantial changes to how a person may qualify to vacate a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor conviction record. House Bill 1681 proposes to make the following changes: Under current law, a person seeking to vacate a misdemeanor ...

Legislature Looks to Change LFO Rules for Convicted Persons

Posted by Ryan Robertson | Jan 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

The State Legislature is in session and a proposed bill may make substantial changes to how courts impose and collect financial penalties (i.e. legal financial obligations) from those convicted of crimes. These changes could impact the rules for vacating criminal convictions. First, it is import...

Legislature Looks to Change Rules for Restoring Firearm Rights

Posted by Ryan Robertson | Jan 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

The State Legislature is in session and a proposed bill may make substantial changes to how a person may restore firearm rights following a felony or misdemeanor conviction. Senate Bill 5561 proposes to make the following changes: Clarifies the waiting periods that must be met prior to petiti...

Update on Sealing Court Records

Posted by Ryan Robertson | Apr 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

It has been almost four years since the Washington Supreme Court issued its decision in Hundtofte v. Encarnacion. This decision was meant to give guidance to courts on standards to use to decide whether to seal court records. As I wrote several years back, the Courts decision did the opposite. U...

When Is a Crime Not a Crime?

Posted by Ryan Robertson | Apr 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recently we successfully vacated a client's felony conviction in a local jurisdiction. However, before doing so we had to resolve a curious issue. When is a “crime” not a “crime”?

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