People do change. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) was created to take this change into account. Under certain circumstances, those who were previously convicted of crimes can clear those charges from their histories, have their rights restored and begin life anew. The processes are called "vacation of conviction" or "restoration of rights."
At JRC Practice, PLLC, we do a significant amount of post-conviction relief work for clients. Depending on your particular situation, we may be able to help you:
Remove certain convictions from your record
Regain your right to carry firearms
Stop being required to register as a sex offender
Vacation Of Conviction
If you were convicted of a crime in your past, you may have found that it hinders you in many ways. It may prevent you from being hired for various jobs, keep you from gaining federal student loans and make it hard to find a good place to live.
Even if you were convicted of a crime 10 or more years ago, it may still be impacting many areas of your life. However, it may not need to affect you forever. You may be eligible to have your conviction vacated and removed from your record.
At JRC Practice, PLLC, we frequently receive calls from people who have questions about having a felony or misdemeanor conviction vacated. As a former prosecutor and respected trial attorney, Mr. Corkern is ideally equipped to determine if you qualify for a vacation of conviction. If you do qualify, our law firm will guide you through the process of having the conviction removed from your record, which usually takes only a few weeks.
A vacation of your conviction can potentially change all this and give you a clean record again. In order to be eligible, the crime for which you were convicted cannot be one of the following:
A violent offense as defined in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 9.94A.030
A crime against children or other persons as described in RCW 43.43.830(5)
A charge of driving under the influence as defined in RCW 46.61.502 or 46.61.504
There are many other requirements as well, such as satisfaction and discharge of the original sentence and a period of time with no new criminal conduct. Our attorney will walk you through the requirements step by step.
Restoring Gun Rights For Clients In King County
Even if you were convicted of a felony 10 or more years ago, it may still be impacting many areas of your life, including your right to possess a firearm. However, it may not need to affect you forever. You may be eligible to get your rights restored.
At JRC Practice, PLLC, we frequently receive calls from people who have questions about restoring gun rights in Washington. In fact, Jesse Corkern is one of only a few lawyers in the Seattle area who receive referrals from the National Rifle Association (NRA). When members contact the NRA with a firearms issue, they are often directed to Mr. Corkern.
As a former prosecutor and respected trial attorney, Mr. Corkern is ideally equipped to determine if you qualify to regain your gun rights. If you do qualify, our law firm will guide you through the process, which usually takes only a few weeks. After the process is completed, you will have the ability to buy and carry rifles, pistols, handguns and other firearms again
A case example: We represented a man whose guns were stolen and sold to a pawn shop. Even after the man contacted the pawn shop and informed the owners that the guns were stolen, the shop refused to return them. Our law firm filed an injunction to stop the shop from continuing to sell our client's property.
Restoring Your Rights
When convicted of a felony in Washington, you automatically lose your right to possess a firearm and your right to vote. Many people view these consequences as being harsher and more severe than the actual jail sentence. While jail time has an end, the loss of your other rights will last a lifetime — unless you take action to have these rights restored.
Perhaps you made some poor choices when you were younger, but now you are living a normal, productive and successful life. Shouldn't you have the opportunity to cast your vote in local, state and federal elections? Shouldn't you have the ability to carry a gun in order to go hunting with your friends or family?
Having your rights restored is essential to returning to a truly normal life. At JRC Practice, PLLC, this is our goal for you. To learn if you are eligible, contact our lawyer for a free consultation today. Simply call our Seattle office at 206-395-9059.