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In Washington State, deletion of non-conviction data makes it possible to delete the criminal records of a person who was arrested for but not convicted of a crime. Government and background-check databases may still list a crime in your file even if you were not found guilty of committing it. If you qualify for it, deletion of criminal history will remove the crime from your record in these some of these databases.
If you want to request deletion, the following must be true:
If deletion is possible in your situation, all the information proving eligibility must be given to the court. The rules for this process vary; you may need to provide documentation about the arrest and information about why you were not convicted of the crime. It's best to check with the court clerk about the process, or find an attorney from your jurisdiction. After that, these general steps apply:
On average, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to get the deletion order. After that, it takes 8 to 12 weeks to remove the criminal record from government and background-check databases.
What expungement may cost
Courts do not charge for the deletion process. If you hire an attorney, you will be charged for his or her services. Attorneys' fees depend on their experience and areas of expertise.
Related Legal Guides:
Vacation of Felony Conviction in Washington State
Vacation of Misdemeanor Conviction in Washington State
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