New Wash. state grant allowing drug possession convictions to be expunged from the record
The grant will provide funding for legal and attorneys fees and costs for getting convictions vacated
By Ellie Nakamoto-White
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. — If you have a controlled substance possession conviction from Benton County, a new Washington state grant will help you expunge it from your record.
Michael Vander Sys, the chief trial attorney for the Benton County Office of Public Defense, said the grant will provide funding for legal and attorneys fees and costs for getting convictions vacated.
“They’re making the resources available to help people who otherwise couldn’t afford to do it themselves,” Vander Sys said. “The hope is that by having a clean record and by no longer having this conviction holding them back, they’re able to move forward in a positive way.”