Washington is one of the United States’ border states with Canada, located just south of British Columbia. Washington is home to some of the most successful international companies that have offices, headquarters, and partners in Canada, such as: Amazon, Costco, Expedia, Inc., Microsoft, and many more. It is the 18th largest state in the US, as well as the 13th most populous. Because of its geographical position, the Washington-British Columbia border has a high level of traffic. FWCanada has a great number of their clients coming from Washington, as well as clients who travel through Washington. It is also home to many great universities that are renowned for their research, notably University of Washington. Professors and other people of notoriety have an easier time procuring Temporary Resident Permits (TRP) since the benefits of allowing them into the country is obvious to those reviewing their applications.
Depending on your charges or conviction, there are options in Washington to have records set aside before you apply for a TRP or Criminal rehabilitation. Washington does have a deferred prosecution program available for those who have committed offences relating to drugs or alcohol, or even for those with mental illness. A deferred prosecution for a DUI can only be given if the individual can be diagnosed as an alcohol dependent and that they are willing to get sober. If the individual is not willing to get sober, then it is a violation of the deferred program, which will result in the charge moving forward. Expungement is another option, and most offences are eligible for expungement after three years have passed since the completion of the sentence, as long as no other charges or convictions are filed after the initial conviction. Unfortunately, though, DUIs are ineligible for expungements in Washington.
Washington is very strict when it comes to DUI convictions. DUI convictions in Washington are set out below with its sentence, the possibility of discharge, the possibility of expungement, and alternative pleas:
|Probation||Up to five years|
|Deferred Prosecution (Conditional Discharge)||Only for individuals diagnosed as dependent on alcohol.|
|Expungements||Not available for DUI convictions.|
|Could plea to…||Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving in the First Degree, Reckless Endangerment|
If you are not eligible for deferred prosecution or expungement and would like to apply for a TRP or Criminal Rehabilitation, keep in mind that applicants are required to send state police clearances. The sooner you are able to receive these clearances the better, so make sure that if you are from Washington, you contact the address below.
The contact information for Washington is as follows with the price for this request:
The Washington State Patrol Identification Division
P.O. Box 42633 Olympia, WA, 98504-2633
If you have any other questions about travelling to Canada from Washington, please do not hesitate to contact us!