Posts by Mitchell Jacobs

Washington State’s Legalization of Marijuana

Washington State’s Legalization of Marijuana

On November 6th, Washington State voters approved I-502, a new initiative that legalizes the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana – a substance that is viewed by the Federal government as an illegal and dangerous substance. In fact, the only other state to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes as oppose to medicinal is Colorado. The law was written with the intention to keep Washington safe by regulating black market activities, eliminating any illegal marijuana transactions. With that in mind, there are many strict limitations about new procedures regarding marijuana.

Who can legally cultivate and sell pot

The new initiative stipulates that only specially licensed Washington farmers may grow marijuana, and only private Washington businesses that are licensed and regulated by the state may sell marijuana. While the particular laws of I-502 are still being settled, the initiative makes it very clear that individual cultivation and sale of marijuana is still illegal and could result in charges.

Driving Under the Influence

The law prohibits driving under the influence and as such there will be an amendment to laws regarding driving under the influence to reflect the maximum threshold for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), cannabis, blood concentration. In other words, consumption of pot will be treated the same as consumption of alcohol for purposes of operating a vehicle. Also, like being under the influence of alcohol, while you are under the influence of marijuana you should consume responsibly as you are liable for any harm done to others and for property damages.

Places that it is still illegal to consume of have marijuana

Though you may legally be allowed to consume marijuana in Washington, it is crucial to remember that Washington’s marijuana laws will not be honored in any other state or on federal territory, which accounts for 30.3 percent of Washington. As such, you cannot travel with marijuana that has been legally purchased in Washington. Possession and consumption of marijuana will still be illegal in the following places:

  • Federal parks (e.g. Mount Rainier National Park)
  • Border checkpoints
  • Post offices
  • Ports of entry (airports, train stations and ship yards).
  • Military bases

Do you have a drug charge in the state of Washington? RecordGone.com offers a free drug charge expungement eligibility test to see if you can get your record cleared. For more advice on clearing a drug charge, visit expungedrugcharge.com.

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Applying for a Pardon in Washington

Applying for a Pardon in Washington

Not all cases are eligible for expungement; however, there is another option that may be beneficial. Seeking a pardon in the state where your conviction occurred may the best solution to receive criminal record relief.

In order to apply for a pardon, there are certain requirements that may need to be met and certain application procedures that must be completed. This information can be found in great detail at www.pardon411.com.

To be eligible for a pardon in Washington you must still be serving your sentence as a death row inmate, or you may apply for a pardon after you have been convicted.

To apply:

• Obtain the Pardon Application by completing the Petition for Reprieve, Commutation or Pardon form and following the detailed filing instructions.
• Prepare personal statement
• Letters of recommendation
• Once complete, submit completed Pardon Application to Washington State’s Governor’s Office at:

Washington State
Attn: Governor’s Office
416 14th Ave. SW
Olympia, WA 98504

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Washington Voting Rights

There are certain factors about your case that will determine if you are in possession of your right to vote. Below you will find a detailed description of these factors for voting rights in Washington.

In Washington, if you were convicted of a felony, you lose your right to vote.

However, your right to vote is restored upon completion of your sentence and release from supervision from the Department of Corrections.

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Washington Mugshot Removal on Website Online Databases

Washington Mugshot Removal on Website Online Databases

If you have had your criminal record sealed, expunged, set aside or otherwise modified by the court, you have won half the battle. Private background check providers in Washington are likely still reporting old information – sometimes even to extort you.

To solve this problem, RecordGone.com has formed an exclusive partnership with the nation’s largest criminal record database provider, to help clear criminal records from over 500 private criminal database companies.
Keep in mind that it typically takes about five to six months for an expungement to be cleared and completed. Any firm claiming faster service is likely providing fraudulent information. So do yourself a favor and get your prior record expunged, it will help you now, and help you in the future.

Although we do our best to get the clearest information regarding Washington Expungements, please keep in mind that it is in your best interest to call a specialized Washington ECDU Expungement Attorney to get the latest up-to-date information. Record Gone is one of the few law firms that operate nationwide and have Expedited Database Update service.

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Always let an Experienced Attorney guide you through Record Expungement

Always let an Experienced Attorney guide you through Record Expungement

Having your Washington criminal record sealed, expunged or vacated can be the best investment you make. It can lead to better paying jobs, federal loans, restoration of constitutional rights, and much more. Hire a lawyer that specializes in expungement to make sure your case is handled right. We recommend the expungement law firm, www.RecordGone.com 877-573-7273.

Here is a snippet of the official Washington State law for vacating your record:

Vacating Disclosure
9.92.066 (for those who got a suspended sentence)….the statute says:

“(b) The clerk of the court in which the vacation order is entered shall
immediately transmit the order vacating the conviction to the Washington
state patrol identification section and to the local police agency, if any,
which holds criminal history information for the person who is the subject
of the conviction. The Washington state patrol and any such local police
agency shall immediately update their records to reflect the vacation of the
conviction, and shall transmit the order vacating the conviction to the
federal bureau of investigation. A conviction that has been vacated under
this section may not be disseminated or disclosed by the state patrol or
local law enforcement agency to any person, except other criminal justice
enforcement agencies.”

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