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 ...
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...
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...
A petition to vacate an adult criminal charge is not automatic. Merely proving that you are legally eligible to vacate does not guarantee that your request will be granted. The final decision always remains in the discretion of the trial court judge.
Washington Supreme Court: Deferred Sentence Dismissal Not the Same as Vacated Conviction
Two Robertson Law clients recently received full pardons from the Washington State governor.
Robertson Law secures unanimous votes from clemency and pardons board for two clients
New Washington State vacate law changes the landscape of what can be vacated and when.
New vacate law to be signed by Washington Governor Inslee and will dramatically change the landscape for vacate options available to those looking to clear old criminal charges.
The New Hope Act has passed the Washington State Legislature and could dramatically increase the options available for vacate petitions.
Proposed new "vacate" bill in Washington State House of Representatives may provide new avenues for vacating convictions previously ineligible to be vacated.
New Washington State House bill may expand the eligibility of defendants to vacate certain felonies and misdemeanors if enacted into law.
Proposed legislation could make changes to laws impacting ability to vacate misdemeanor convictions in Washington
Washington Supreme Court decision clarifies the length of a restraining order must not extend past the length of a domestic violence suspended sentence. This effectively shortens the period of time a defendant must wait before they are eligible to vacate their DV offense.
Seattle City Attorney to seek vacation of convictions for marijuana charges.
Washington Supreme Court soon to make an important ruling related to timing of when clients may be eligible to vacate felony convictions.
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...
State Offers New Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP) to Help Offenders Combat Employment Discrimination
Effective June 9, 2016, Washington residents convicted of certain felony and misdemeanor offenses can apply for a Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP). This blog post explains how a person can qualify for and obtain this order, and describes its limitations.
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”?
King County prosecutor challenges Juvenile Sealing laws in the State Supreme Court.
Proposed Legislation Will Allow For Mandatory Vacation of All Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession Convictions
New proposed legislation for mandatory vacation of misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions
Supreme Court Issues Encarnacion Decision, But Clarity in Rules for Sealing Court Records Appears Lacking.
New Washington State Supreme decision fails to give clear guidance in sealing court records.
Effective June 12, 2014, a new law will go into effect in Washington State affecting how courts seal juvenile records. (Laws of 2014 ch. 175) The new state policy on juvenile records states; “The legislature declares it is the policy of the state of Washington that the interest in juvenile reh...
On November 1, 2013, a new employment background check law goes into effect in the City of Seattle. What is this new law? How does it change the way employers screen potential job applicants? Most importantly, how does this law affect you if you have a criminal record and are searching for a job?
The National Employment Law Project describes inaccuracies in the FBI records which are provided in response to employment background checks. We describe how to correct these erroneous records. We can help with this process.