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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). Packets #8720EN and #8721EN

Certificates of Discharge: Frequently Asked Questions

You can restore your voting rights and cancel your felony conviction after you have completed all your sentencing requirements. Read this to learn more. #2951EN

Criminal History/Records: Vacating Non-Violent Class B or C Felony Convictions

Use this packet to vacate records of certain non-violent felony convictions in Washington State. State Patrol will remove a “vacated” conviction from your public criminal history record. This gives you some protection in some background checks. #9910EN

Get Misdemeanor Convictions off Your Criminal Record

Read about Washington state's new law called the New Hope Act. It took effect July 28, 2019. This law makes it easier to vacate criminal convictions. You can now vacate more types of misdemeanor convictions. #8705EN

How to ask a court to cancel your non-restitution interest and/or reduce your LFOs

Read this if you were convicted of a crime in Washington State, owe the state legal financial obligations, but cannot afford to pay. #9913EN

Sealing Juvenile Court Records in Washington State | Printable Packet

In Washington, juvenile court records do not automatically disappear when you turn 18. In fact, almost all of your juvenile records remain open for the public to view, unless you ask a court to "seal" them. You must meet certain requirements to be eligible to have your record sealed.

Vacate a Prostitution Conviction if You Were the Victim of Trafficking

Vacate is the legal term for removing a criminal conviction from your criminal record. It gives you some protection in background checks. This packet has forms and instructions to vacate a prostitution conviction. #8710EN

Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP)

Getting a CROP can make it easier for you to get work, housing, and/or an occupational license if you have served your criminal sentence. This has general information about CROP. #2952EN

Certificates of Discharge: Frequently Asked Questions

You can restore your voting rights and cancel your felony conviction after you have completed all your sentencing requirements. Read this to learn more. #2951EN

File a Petition for Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP)

Use this packet if you have a criminal conviction history, especially one that caused you to lose an occupational license, you have finished your sentence/s, and you plan to look for work/housing, or you want to get (back) an occupational license. This packet includes the forms you will need to get a CROP. #2954EN

Get Misdemeanor Convictions off Your Criminal Record

Read about Washington state's new law called the New Hope Act. It took effect July 28, 2019. This law makes it easier to vacate criminal convictions. You can now vacate more types of misdemeanor convictions. #8705EN

Sealing Juvenile Court Records

Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive, developed by the Northwest Justice Project and TeamChild. Completes forms for sealing juvenile court records in Washington State.

Sealing Juvenile Court Records in Washington State | Printable Packet

In Washington, juvenile court records do not automatically disappear when you turn 18. In fact, almost all of your juvenile records remain open for the public to view, unless you ask a court to "seal" them. You must meet certain requirements to be eligible to have your record sealed.

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