Kennewick, WA asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Washington

Q: Would a criminal history from 25-30 years ago prevent a person from taking the bar.All related to drug addiction

Felony malicious mischief, lying to the police, dui, glue sniffing, various other crimes all within a few years time 1994. Then a dui in 2003.Rehabilitation then nothing more than 2 speeding tickets from 03-2019. Graduated with honors BS Paralegal Studies and become a top athlete. Plan on attending law school in 2021 and sitting for the bar in 2024

1 Lawyer Answer
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Not automatically. The bar association has rules regarding character and fitness:

Look specifically at rule 21 to start.

Here is a real life example of someone who did it:

Also, you should talk to a lawyer right away about clearing some of your history, that would probably help. In some situations, a person can vacate one or two convictions off of their record. I'd be happy to talk to you about it.

Good luck.

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