It’s not necessary to be convicted of a crime for it to affect your personal or professional life. Courts and law enforcement agencies maintain records of those who are detained, arrested and charged with a crime, even if their cases ended with acquittal. And that information is a matter of public record.
You may have options, however, for deleting records in your criminal history and possibly even vacating a conviction. At the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC, our Seattle expungement attorneys stay on top of frequently changing state laws in this area and work hard to help you erase mistakes in your past so you can move on.
Clearing the criminal history of a juvenile offender can make a tremendous difference for a child’s future. For adults, it can mean regaining the ability to secure a good job, vote in an election or possibly avoid immigration consequences. Washington State laws concerning court records and criminal history records change frequently but do offer you the opportunity to:
The established Seattle criminal defense lawyers of James Newton Law have the knowledge and experience to determine if you meet the state’s requirements for an expungement. They take charge of getting you through the process to clear your or your child’s record.
You may be able to vacate a felony or misdemeanor conviction, including one for DUI, if you:
Once a conviction is vacated, you are legally able to state that you were not convicted of that crime. But as our Seattle criminal attorneys can thoroughly explain, the court file is not destroyed and may be used in a future criminal prosecution.
Consulting with the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC is the best first step to determining your options and moving forward toward a fresh start.
If you have completed your sentence, you may be able to expunge your criminal records. Call us at 206.389.1855 or contact the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC online for an immediate appointment to discuss your case. With offices conveniently located throughout the state, we serve clients everywhere in Washington, including Tacoma, Kent and surrounding areas in King County. We take your call 24 hours a day.