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I live in Washington state and have a felony on my record from when I was a juvenile. My crime was non violent and wasn't sex related, burglaries and a taking motor vehicle without permission. I'm sure my circumstances surrounding the incidents are irrelevant but I was homeless between 13-15 and that's what happens when your a kid and Hungary. Here's the problem, I'm 43 years old and would like to get my gun rights restored and I've been told I have to hire an attorney to petition the courts to seal my file. Is this true, is there any other way and can I get help with this some how?
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Criminal Lawyer: Alex J. Esq., Attorney at Law replied 6 years ago
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Hello. My name is Alex and I will be happy to answer your question.

Were you charged and convicted as an adult of this felony?
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
No all are juvenile no adult felonies
Customer reply replied 6 years ago
You still there?
Criminal Lawyer: Alex J. Esq., Attorney at Law replied 6 years ago
Thank you for your follow up.

While you can try to restore your gun rights yourself, it can be a complex legal process and I would strongly recommend that you do consult and retain local post conviction relief attorney.

If it is a Class A felony or a sex offense, you must seek a Pardon, Annulment, Certificate of Rehabilitation.

This is also true if the crime was committed as a juvenile offender.

If it is a Class B or C Felony the following three conditions must be met: (1) More than 5 years have passed in the community without being convicted of any crime (misdemeanor or felony); (2) No criminal charges are currently pending in any federal, state or local court; (3) The person does not have a prior felony prohibiting the possession of firearms counted as part of the offender score. If these three conditions are met you may be eligible to seek restoration of Firearm Rights.

If the crime is Domestic Violence related and the person is prohibited to own or possess firearms, then the four conditions must be met: (1) More than 3 years have passed in the community without being convicted of any crime; (2) No criminal charges are currently pending in any federal, state or local court; (3) The person does not have a prior felony prohibiting the possession of firearms counted as part of the offender score; (4) The person has successfully completed all conditions of their Judgment & Sentence including any financial obligations.

These are the first thresholds. Now, if you qualify, you must show the court you are worthy. Since the restoration is at the Court’s discretion, you must convince the Court, often through written statements and testimony, that you are worthy of having this right restored.


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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
So are you a Washington attorney and can you fix this? I meet the requirements you described.
Criminal Lawyer: Alex J. Esq., Attorney at Law replied 6 years ago
Thank you for your follow up.

I am a licensed attorney, but I am not licensed in the state of Washington, but even if I was, JustAnswer.com legal experts, such as myself are strictly prohibited from providing JustAnswer.com customers with any type of legal services or legal representation.

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