Can I get an expungement so that I am eligible for a handgun? 6 Answers as of August 25, 2015I am purchasing a handgun tomorrow and I noticed that one of the crimes preventing someone from passing a background check is assault and battery and I have these but they are from when I was 16 and I am now 22 my record has not been sealed. Will this prevent me from owning a pistol.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
Yes. It is very difficult... to impossible... to get records expunged for crimes of violence. Assault and Battery fall within that classification. You don't say whether the assault and battery resulted in a felony conviction. If so, even more difficult. Even if you were able to get it expunged, it does not appear that enough times has elapsed , as you need to wait a minimum of 5 years from the date you completed ALL court ordered obligations and were released from court probation. In addition, you can not have been charged with any new crimes... ANYWHERE. Without knowing more about your situation, this is the best I can answer.
Answer Applies to: Washington