In Washington, you can vacate certain felony and misdemeanor convictions. Once your conviction is vacated, you can truthfully and legally say that you were never convicted of that crime.
A "vacated" conviction does not appear on a Washington State Patrol background or an FBI background check.
Vacating your conviction is a powerful tool for cleaning up your past and protecting your future. Unfortunately, this area of the law can be complicated.
Felonies and misdemeanors are treated differently. Class A felonies are treated differently than Class B and Class C felonies. Even domestic violence misdemeanor crimes are treated differently than regular misdemeanor crimes.
The law also underwent a massive change recently. In July 2019, Governor Inslee signed into law the New Hope Act, which loosened the restrictions for vacating convictions.
For these reasons, the information and advice that you find online isn't always accurate, even on many law firm websites.
How can I get a copy of my Washington criminal history?
What happens when my conviction is vacated?
WA Felony Convictions
How do I file a motion to vacate my conviction?
What are the requirements for vacating a felony conviction?
What felonies cannot be vacated?
WA Misdemeanor Conviction
What are the requirements for vacating a misdemeanor conviction?
Can I vacate my DUI conviction?
Can I vacate a domestic violence conviction?
What other misdemeanors cannot be vacated?
FAQ: Oregon Expungement
How do I file a motion to expunge my conviction?
Am I eligible to vacate my conviction?
What crimes cannot be expunged?
Here are some other FAQ about vacating your criminal convictions in Washington and Oregon.