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Legislature to Consider Changing Law to Allow Vacation of More Than One Misdemeanor Conviction.

Posted by Andrea Robertson on Mar 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Washington law provides individuals who have certain types of criminal convictions on their record the opportunity to have the convictions dismissed and removed from their official criminal history. This is called “vacation,” and applies to certain felonies, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors.

An illogical quirk in this law has been that while it is conceivable an individual could vacate several felony convictions, an individual is limited to vacating only one misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor conviction.

The Legislature previously considered changing this unfair limitation, in the spring of 2013. House Bill No. 1087 (HB 1087) would expressly allow individuals to vacate more than one misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor conviction if they meet certain statutory conditions. While these provisions of the bill did not pass, our office will be watching developments in sealing and vacate law closely and will present updated blog entries to report on the progress of this important legislation. If you have any questions about this issue please feel free to contact our office.

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Andrea Robertson

Andy is a passionate, creative and effective criminal defense lawyer who is willing to fight on your behalf. She has honed her skills since 1998, and has developed a proven track record of creative, vigorous, and effective advocacy for clients throughout the State of Washington. Her practice includes all criminal charges. This includes felonies, misdemeanors, and driving-related charges such as DUI or vehicular assault/homicide.

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