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Legal financial obligation (LFO)

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Here you will find general legal information and resources about how to deal with legal financial obligations / restitution-reduction or waiver of interest in Washington state. After you are convicted of a crime in superior, district, or municipal court, and as part of your sentencing, the judge orders you to pay money to the courts, city and/or victims involved. This money is your legal financial obligation (LFO).

How to Ask a Washington State Court to Reduce or Waive Your Legal Financial Obligations

This packet is for people who cannot afford to pay Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) imposed on you by a Washington state district, municipal, or superior court in a criminal case. This packet has instructions and forms to bring a motion before the court, asking the court to reduce or waive (forgive or cancel) LFOs. #9913EN

How to clear (vacate) your drug possession conviction after State v. Blake

State v. Blake is a 2021 Washington State Supreme Court decision that says the state’s drug possession law is unconstitutional. If you were convicted of drug possession on or before February 25, 2021, you can get those convictions cleared (“vacated”) and removed from your criminal record. You may also get a refund of the legal financial obligations (LFOs) you paid on your drug possession case/s. The law the court found unconstitutional is “Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance” or “VUCSA – possession” (RCW 69.50.4013 and earlier versions of that law). Packet #8720EN

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