Vacating Criminal Charges

Criminal convictions are potentially devastating. For many, convictions can negatively affect their professional and personal life; including employment opportunities and housing. In Washington, defendants can request that a judge of proper jurisdiction vacate a criminal conviction and seal the court file once the conviction has been vacated.

Vacate Criminal Convictions     RCW 9.94A.640

Defendants can vacate a criminal conviction. Once an individual’s criminal conviction has been vacated, that person can then state that they were not convicted of that offense.

Under the same statute, if the defendant was convicted of a Class C felony and more than 5 years have passed since discharge, or if the conviction was for a Class B felony and more than 10 years have passed since discharge, then the convictions can be vacated.

In order to qualify for the vacating of a class B or C felony, the individual making the request must not have been convicted of a new crime in any state or court since the date of discharge, have no other criminal actions pending, the offense for the conviction was not a “violent offense” as defined by RCW 9.94A.030, and was not a “crime against persons” as defined by RCW 43.43.830.

Fortunately, certain misdemeanor crimes can be vacated too. Attorney Alexander Ransom represents clients in the vacation and sealing of felony and misdemeanor convictions. Contact Alexander today for a free consultation.