Is a Washington criminal record keeping you from a good job, earning more money and causing you embarrassment? We have cleared more than 13,000 criminal records. If you have a misdemeanor in Washington, we want to help you by having your conviction vacated (expunged).
Recent surveys of employers show that 4 out of 5 conduct background checks on applicants. Landlords too are turning to background checks to help them choose whom to rent to. Those traveling abroad have increasingly find themselves being subjected to background checks at the border. This all adds up to a criminal record being a big problem that is getting bigger. We want to help you solve that problem.
We are the nation’s leading criminal record clearing law firm and the only law firm that offers option to clear your Washington from the places that matter most— leading background check companies. Our competitors only handle the court records.
This area of law is complex and nuanced. We have designed a free and confidential online eligibility test and see if you are eligible to have your record cleared.
The state of Washington allows the court to vacate certain conviction. Once vacated (expunged), the case is no longer deemed a conviction. State law gives you the right to say to anyone, including prospective employers, that you were NOT convicted of that offense, after a vacate motion has been granted.
Once a conviction is vacated (expunged), the fact that you have been convicted of the offense will not be included in your criminal history for purposes of determining a sentence in any subsequent conviction. For all purposes, including responding to questions on employment or housing applications, a person whose conviction has been vacated may state that he or she has never been convicted of that crime.
Not all offenses are eligible and you must meet a waiting period that starts from the time you complete your probation and pay all fines and restitution. Take the free online eligibility test test to see if you are eligible. The waiting periods are:
Felonies prior to 1984 did not have an expungement statute. Therefore, we can file a special petition the judge and ask for the current expungement law to be applied.
If it is a misdemeanor case, the law says that to be eligible a person cannot have “been convicted of another crime in this state, another state, or federal court since the date of conviction.” This means that a person can never vacate two misdemeanor cases.
For felonies, the law says to be eligible and offender must not have been "convicted of a new crime in this state, another state, or federal court since the date of the offender's discharge under RCW 9.94A.637.” This means that a person can vacate a felony and an eligible offense that occurred prior to discharge of the felony under RCW 9.94A.637.
A person is also ineligible while they have any charges pending against them.
A person applies to have their record vacated at the court where they were sentenced. The judge has discretion as to whether or not he or she will vacate the record. The prosecuting attorney has a right to object and argue against the record being expunged (vacated). Our job is to overcome the objection and persuade the judge that you deserve to have your record expunged (vacated).
If the judge does vacate the record, the verdict of guilty is dismissed and the indictment (information) is dismissed.
We begin working on your WA case the day you make your first payment. Having handled more than 13,000 cases, more than 500 of which have been in Washingotn, we know how to get records cleared as fast as possible. The amount of time that it takes a vacate a Washington criminal record varies by court, but the typical case in Washington takes about 3 to 4 months. Having handled cases in all 39 counties in WA, we can say for sure that the sooner that you start, the sooner that record will be cleared.
Our flat fee includes all costs. We will conduct the research, file the necessary motions, respond to written or oral opposition from the District attorney, and send one of our attorneys to court to argue the case in front of the judge.
In most cases, you will not have to physically appear in court. You can let us handle all the work, while you track the progress of your case online.
If we do not succeed in getting your WA record vacated, we will refund the attorneys fees. We also have a low-price guarantee. Just show us a competitor’s quote or ad and we will gladly match it.
Here are some of our recent successful cases in WA:
Our exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update service allows us to have the leading background check companies reflect changes to your criminal record in less than 14 days, instead of months and even years like our competitors.
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* * This price includes filing fees and court costs. In some instances a report from the Washington State Patrol may need to be obtained. This may require you to be fingerprinted and you may need to pay an additional approximate amount of $25. If during the case research we discover that a certificate of discharge has not been issued by the court then we must file for a certificate before we can vacate the felony. We discount the certificate of discharge service if you sign up with your felony vacate.
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* You must first take our free eligibility test in order to sign up online.
You can also order this service by calling us toll-free at (877) 573-7273.
Call us at 206-494-0018 or Toll Free (877) 573-7273
Please take the free online eligibility test before calling.
Law Firm of Higbee & Associates
8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200
Redmond WA 98052
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