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Clearing Your Record: A Guide to Vacating Misdemeanors and Felonies in Washington State


As an attorney practicing criminal law in Washington State, I understand the long-lasting impacts that a criminal conviction can have on your life. It can affect your employment prospects, housing applications, and even your personal relationships. However, Washington State law provides a legal process to vacate, or "set aside," certain misdemeanor and felony convictions, effectively removing them from your public criminal record. This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive guide on how to navigate the process of vacating misdemeanors and felonies in Washington State.

Understanding Vacating Convictions

Vacating a conviction essentially means that the court withdraws your guilty plea or verdict and dismisses the charges against you. Once a conviction is vacated, it is removed from your public criminal record, and you can legally state that you were not convicted of that crime. However, the conviction may still be considered in future criminal prosecutions and certain professional licensing proceedings.

Eligibility for Vacating Convictions

The eligibility requirements for vacating a conviction in Washington State vary depending on whether the conviction was a misdemeanor or a felony.

The Vacating Process

The process of vacating a conviction typically involves the following steps:


Vacating a conviction in Washington State can be a complex process, but it can provide a fresh start for individuals who have completed their sentences and remained crime-free. As an experienced criminal law attorney, I can guide you through this process, helping you understand your eligibility and presenting a compelling case to the court.

Remember, everyone deserves a second chance. If you're considering this process, I encourage you to reach out to our office to help guide you through this journey.