Seattle, WA asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Washington

Q: Can I legally be in law enforcement with a class c felony ( unlawful poss firearm) even though I got my gun rights back?

Conviction was 8 yrs ago. Non violent, victimless. No probation. Got my gun right back and have my concealed. Am I legally barred from law enforcement or is it just an administrative problem at that point? If I get the conviction sealed, expunged and adjudicated would that work?

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Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Port Orchard, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: If you are considering a career in law enforcement, I think you definitely want to vacate your record if you can. I don't know if it is 'legally' impossible for you to work in LE, but as a practical matter I can't imagine you getting hired. Your ability to testify in court is extremely compromised if you are a convicted felon, it is probably admissible as impeachment material every time you testify. The jury would hear it, making it very difficult for prosecutors to build a case around your testimony.

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