Post-Conviction Relief Under The New Hope Act
Even after you have served your sentence and completed probation, a criminal conviction can continue to follow you and affect your life. Just as you are trying to reenter society, your record can make getting a job and finding a decent home seem impossible. At the Law Office of Amy Muth, PLLC, we help people who are struggling to put their past mistakes behind them. Our experienced attorneys can use resources like Washington’s New Hope Act to help you get a fresh start.
What Is The New Hope Act?
A new state law as of 2019, the New Hope Act, makes it easier to get a criminal conviction wiped off your record.
- Though the law had already allowed some convictions to be vacated, the New Hope law lets you start the process sooner. Before, to get a felony conviction expunged, you had to wait for three, five or 10 years after you finished your incarceration and paid off your fines and legal fees. Now, the clock starts ticking as soon as you are released from prison or supervision.
- Before the New Hope Act, multiple felony convictions for some crimes could be removed, but only single misdemeanors. The new law lets you erase multiple misdemeanors now.
During the waiting period, you must not be convicted of a new crime. You must also have completed the terms of your sentence and receive a certificate of discharge. The process can be complex. The advice and assistance of an experienced attorney can mean the difference between expunging your conviction and having your application rejected.
Professional Attorney To Help You Clear Your Name
The work of the Law Office of Amy Muth, PLLC, goes beyond representation against criminal charges. We will help you with post-conviction relief as well. Ironically, the financial and social limitations imposed by a criminal record can put people at risk of reoffending. Instead, our assistance helps you turn the page and pursue your dreams.