Post-Conviction Relief Can Set You Free From Past Mistakes

People do change. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) was created to take this change into account. Under certain circumstances, those who were previously convicted of crimes can clear those charges from their histories, have their rights restored and begin life anew. The processes are called "vacation of conviction" or "restoration of rights."

At JRC Practice, PLLC, we do a significant amount of post-conviction relief work for clients. Depending on your particular situation, we may be able to help you:

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Vacation Of Conviction

If you were convicted of a crime in your past, you may have found that it hinders you in many ways. It may prevent you from being hired for various jobs, keep you from gaining federal student loans and make it hard to find a good place to live.

A vacation of your conviction can potentially change all this and give you a clean record again. In order to be eligible, the crime for which you were convicted cannot be one of the following:

  • A violent offense as defined in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 9.94A.030
  • A crime against children or other persons as described in RCW 43.43.830(5)
  • A charge of driving under the influence as defined in RCW 46.61.502 or 46.61.504

There are many other requirements as well, such as satisfaction and discharge of the original sentence and a period of time with no new criminal conduct. Our attorney will walk you through the requirements step by step.

Restoring Your Rights

When convicted of a felony in Washington, you automatically lose your right to possess a firearm and your right to vote. Many people view these consequences as being harsher and more severe than the actual jail sentence. While jail time has an end, the loss of your other rights will last a lifetime — unless you take action to have these rights restored.

Perhaps you made some poor choices when you were younger, but now you are living a normal, productive and successful life. Shouldn't you have the opportunity to cast your vote in local, state and federal elections? Shouldn't you have the ability to carry a gun in order to go hunting with your friends or family?

Having your rights restored is essential to returning to a truly normal life. At JRC Practice, PLLC, this is our goal for you. To learn if you are eligible, contact our lawyer for a free consultation today. Simply call our Seattle office at 206-395-5952.