Those who have been convicted of a felony in the state of Washington may lose their right to vote. However, it may be possible to have those rights reinstated if certain conditions are met. For instance, a person may have to pay all fines, court costs and other fees imposed as part of a sentence. It may also be necessary to complete community service, required treatment or probation before regaining the right to vote.
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.
In Washington, some people make mistakes when they are young but go on to lead productive and trouble-free lives. A continuing problem for people who have convictions on their records is that those convictions can continue to haunt them long after their sentences are completed.
The criminal justice system has two purposes: to punish the offender, and to rehabilitate him or her to prevent him or her from breaking the law in the future. Which of these is more important depends on who you ask.