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Am I eligible for DSHS benefits if I have an arrest warrant or violated probation or parole?

If you are a fleeing felon, you are not eligible for many federal and state public benefits. This publication defines "fleeing felon" and discusses the benefits that are affected. Publication #7406EN.

Can the VA stop my benefits because I have an arrest warrant or violated probation/parole?

According to the Veterans Administration (VA), you are a fugitive felon if you are fleeing to avoid prosecution, jail time, or prison after conviction for a felony or an attempted felony OR you are on probation and parole for a felony AND you are violating your probation/parole. In these cases, the VA may stop your benefits. Read about your options if this happens to you. #7704EN

Am I eligible for Social Security benefits if there is a warrant out for my arrest or I violated parole or probation?

Social Security will consider you a fleeing felon and ineligible for their benefits if you have an outstanding arrest warrant specifically for fleeing prosecution or confinement on a felony charge. The rules have changed. Under federal law, you cannot get Social Security benefits if you are fleeing to avoid prosecution for a felony OR violating the terms of probation or parole. #7405EN

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How to get a name change in Washington State

In Washington State, if you are eighteen or older, you can choose and use any name you wish, as long as you are not trying to defraud (cheat) someone. This describes the process. #3400EN

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

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