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Factors in getting a felony charge expunged

If a Washington resident is convicted of a felony, they may lose their right to own a firearm in the future. However, there are ways to get certain felony charges expunged. As a general rule, it may be easier to get a charge expunged if it is a state as opposed to a federal charge.

Those who are hoping to get a felony expunged may improve their odds by showing a commitment to helping the community. Getting a felony expunged may also be easier for those who were charged with a nonviolent offense or one that could have also been classified as a misdemeanor. Finally, obtaining a letter of recommendation from a police officer or judge may be in a person's best interest.

In some cases, a person will not have a felony charge expunged until enough time has passed. Some states may have definite amounts of time that must pass while others may make that determination on a case-by-case basis. If a felony is expunged, it may then be necessary to specifically ask for gun rights to be restored.

Individuals who wish to have their gun rights restored may need to consult with an attorney. Legal counsel may have an understanding of what the law says and if an individual has a chance to have their gun rights reinstated. An attorney could collect evidence of civic responsibility since the charge was issued or other evidence that may help provide post-conviction relief. Even if gun rights are not immediately restored, having a felony expunged may restore a person's voting or other rights.

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