The Washington Legislature enacted a new law that permits the vacation of some misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor convictions.
About Vacation Convictions
Vacation of a conviction releases you from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense. Once a conviction is vacated, the fact that you have been convicted of the offense shall not be included in your criminal history for purposes of determining a sentence in any subsequent conviction. For all purposes, including responding to questions on employment or housing applications, a person whose conviction has been vacated may state that he or she has never been convicted of that crime. Vacation of a conviction, however, does not affect or prevent the use of the conviction in a later criminal prosecution. Vacation of a conviction does not automatically restore your right to possess a firearm.