Vacation of misdemeanor conviction in Washington State allows people who were convicted of a misdemeanor (minor crime) to remove it from their criminal records after a certain amount of time has passed. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor in Washington State at least 3 years ago, you may qualify for a vacation of the misdemeanor. This means you will not have to list it on job, housing, and other important applications.
Who can request a vacation of misdemeanor conviction?
You can request a vacation of misdemeanor conviction if the following is true:
How to request a vacation of misdemeanor conviction
First, collect all the documents required to apply for a misdemeanor conviction. You will need the following:
Next, create, or hire a lawyer to create, all the documents the court will need to consider your request. This includes the following:
Finally, schedule a hearing date at the court that originally sentenced you for the misdemeanor, and notify the prosecuting attorney who was involved in your case. This process varies from court to court, so it's best to contact the court clerk and ask about the rules for scheduling a hearing and notifying the prosecuting attorney.
After all of this has been done, the court will determine whether to accept your request and clear your record of the misdemeanor.
What it may cost
Courts do not charge for the vacation of misdemeanor conviction process. If you hire an attorney, you will be charged for his or her services. Attorneys' fees depend on their experience and area of expertise.
Washington State Legislature: Evidentiary sufficiency (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?Cite=9.94A.411)
Washington State Legislature: Definitions (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.94A.030)
Vacation of offender's record of conviction (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?Cite=9.94A.640)
Related Legal Guides:
Vacation of Felony Conviction in Washington State (https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/vacation-felony-conviction-washington-state)
Expungement in Washington State (https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/expungement-washington-state)
Criminal Rights (https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/criminal-rights)