This page was designed to help our clients better understand our Washington firearm rights restoration service and civil rights restoration service. You will find answers to the questions we are most frequently asked. If your question is related to eligibility requirements please take the free online eligibility test.
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Determining an individual's chances of success is difficult to answer without researching your case. Whether or not you would be eligible and your chances of success will depend on your individual circumstances—what you are applying for, the types of conviction or convictions you have, etc. We charge a small fee to do a research to evaluate whether you are eligible as well as your chances of success; after that, you can decide whether you want to move forward. If you decide to move forward, we would apply the cost of the research/evaluation to the total cost of the service.
We will be glad to work with you to get a copy of your criminal record and to review what can be done. We charge a researching fee and we apply that to the total cost of any service that you hire us to perform.
Yes, although there is no guarantee that you will be granted one or the other. Restoring your gun rights and vacating your conviction are two entirely different procedures with different requirements. However, we will offer a discount on the gun rights restoration if you sign up for vacating as well.
Requests are denied for the following reasons: (1) an inaccuracy in the court file, (2) an inaccuracy in your criminal records, or (3) you are otherwise not eligible to restore your gun rights.
Yes. You can petition a Washington court to restore your gun rights in Washington even if your restriction stems from a federal crime, as long as you satisfy the requirements of the applicable Washington law.
Washington law allows you to petition to restore your gun rights even if you have had a domestic violence conviction. This will also lift the Lautenberg Amendment ban, which prohibits firearm ownership of those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence as defined by federal law.
You can still petition to restore your gun rights even if you have had multiple felony convictions. Your eligibility will usually depend on the nature of your felonies and when you received them—not the number of convictions you have had.
Again, Washington law does not care where you received a particular felony conviction, or even whether you have multiple felony convictions. The state law only cares about the nature of those felony convictions and when you received them.
In order to determine whether the Washington conviction would apply to your current state of residence, and whether restoring your gun rights in Washington would help at all, we must evaluate the laws of each state. If you would like us to evaluate your case and determine if it is possible then we can do so for a researching fee. If you then sign up for firearm rights restoration the researching fee will be applied to the total cost of the service.
It is a crime under federal law for any person who has been convicted of one of the following offenses from possessing a firearm: a felony, a misdemeanor that was punishable by 2 years or more, or a misdemeanor that involved domestic violence. (18 U.S.C. 921-922.)
Furthermore, each state has its own separate ban on gun possession by certain people—which often, but do not always, overlap the federal categories above. Unlike federal law, Washington state law prohibits not just convicted felons but also anyone who has ever been convicted of a “serious offense” (which may include certain serious misdemeanors as well). (RCW 9.41.040(1)-(2).)
There are several other categories of people who may not possess a firearm until their gun rights have been fully restored. If you are unsure about whether you fall into any of those categories, we can help you with that.
You are not eligible if—before the conviction that took away your gun rights—you had been convicted of any class A felony, any felony that has a maximum punishment of 20 years or more, or any serious sex offense.
We are unable to offer a money back guarantee and also offer such low prices for our services at the same time. The process involves a substantial amount of preparation and sometimes several appearances in court by our attorneys.
Yes. If your gun rights are restored, you will be able to obtain a concealed pistol license.
In Washington, you may serve on a jury if you: 1) are at least eighteen years of age, 2) are a citizen of the United States, 3) are a resident of the county by which you are summoned, 4) are able to communicate in English, 5) have not been convicted of a felony, or if you have had your rights restored to you.
No. That is a separate process that you must use. However, by getting the order of discharge, you will be able to file for the vacating sooner because the order of discharge makes the waiting period begin to run.
You must have completed all the requirements of your sentence, including paying all fines and court costs.
When you restore your civil rights, the restoration has no effect on the conviction itself. The conviction does not go away, nor is the conviction sealed or “expunged.”
Typically, the process takes three to four months.
We base our estimates of how long a case will take on how long the average is for that service in that state. However, some cases can take less or more time depending on the facts of the case, whether the District Attorney is agreeing or objecting, the age of the case, etc. We work on your case as fast as we can and assist the court and District Attorney in anything they need to get your case heard.
You must be discharged per case so we have to file for each case.
Yes, this process can be used to restore voting rights if they have been lost and the right was not automatically restored when you were released from the authority of the Department of Corrections.
A Certificate of Discharge does not restore your firearm rights. Please see the section on Washington firearm rights restoration.
*The Expedited Record Clearance Update service is not a court service and requires a granted court order. Once we receive a granted court order for your case, we can expedite an update of 650 private background check companies within 14 business days. The service does not involve or influence any court, tribunal, legislative body, or public official in order to complete the update, nor does is expedite traditional court or government record update processes.