I have been researching this for another client and finding the same as you.Their situation is different than yours and the charges are much more serious, but it essentually appears that in WA and I am sure just about everywhere eventually there will be a link to everything you do or didn't do (like facebook saying I was just in Norh Bend or at a blood drive and I was not, though I wish I had been!).
RCW 10.97.030(4) speaks of deletion pursuant to10.97.060 when charges are dismiised by the prosecutor or after acquittal at trial. it distinguishes your situation where a finding of guilt was later vacated and a dismissal entered as the finding. They call that "adverse" to the defendant and deny deletion. Take heart, deletion is only as to the public. The government, prosecutors, judges, law enforcemenrt will still see it b/c they keep it for the maximun statutorily allowed time. So both your and deleted records show all to the government. Your record shows dismissal to the public but who cares, really? In your case,employers, unless they are the government, will never know it was once a guilty.
Even juvemile records are called destroyed when they are sealed. .But the same officials have access and unseal it the charges foreverif the person later commits an offense staturorily warranting it. (See RCW 13.50.050 and13.40.127).
It's big brother! We are all being tracked on these boxes as we type. People make mistakes. Your dismissal could be interpreted by the public or explained by you simply as a prosecutor's MISTAKE: they charged the wrong person. And they occasionally do!
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When you receive a deferred sentence and subsequent dismissal, that is considered a conviction record and WSP can disseminate that record without restriction. I was recently able to successfully move the court to prohibit this based on certain legal principles for a client of mine. If you'd like to try that, contact me.
In the alternative, you'll be eligible for vacation of the conviction in April of 2015, so you can wait until then if you want.
The other two attorneys have the correct information concerning these issues and so contact them to help you if you want to learn what can be done and whether or not it is worth it.
The other attorneys have the correct information concerning your question. Washington law permits the vacation of some misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor convictions. This link from Washington Courts - Instructions for Vacating Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor Convictions may give you some additional information: www.courts.wa.gov/forms/documents/CrRLJ%2009_0300.doc. Contact an attorney in the county the case was filed in.
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