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was the case in Washington state?
Yes. The case was in the municipal court for the city of Puyallup in Pierce County, Washington State. The case was dismissed with prejudice in 2006.
Was your record absolutely clean after this case?
Yes, except for 1 speeding ticket in 2010 that was deferred and dismissed after a year in Lynnwood, Washington.
was this speeding ticket a criminal or civil citation?
I am not sure. I was given a ticket and appeared in court to challenge it, I was given the option of deferring it for a year and if no other traffic violations occurred, the ticket would be dismissed, which I believe is what occurred.
I have some good news for you.
Washington state law does allow for a non-conviction records to be expunged.
Also, you can hire an attorney to assist you in your expungement process or you can do it yourself.
Below is the link to the official Washington State government website, that has the correct form and all the information related to the expungement process:
Does this make sense?
It appears to. To recap: I can expunge all my non-conviction records myself by following the link and completing the forms provided. Legally do I have to say I was arrested or because it is expunged can I say that I have not been arrested? Thank you for your help and assistance. Michael
For all private intended purposes, once you record is officially expunged you can answer "no" when asked about the arrest.
However, the FBI records never get expunged, but they would be locked and would only be released for official government purposes.
So it you are applying for a government position or license and the question asks you about an arrest and also stated that any sealed arrests or expunged arrests have to be disclosed, then you would have to follow such instructions.
but for any private purposes that would be a non-issue.
does that make sense?
You can file the form yourself for expungement or you can contact a local expungement attorney and usually for a relatively low flat fee this local attorney can help you obtain an expungement
Yes. I appreciate your help. Thank you. Michael
many people choose to hire an attorney, just to be on a safe side and to make sure that their application for expungement is processed quickly and efficiently.
I wish you the best of luck.
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