When you have a criminal conviction, you will lose some of your rights. If you are a professional who works in a licensed profession, a criminal conviction could impact your licensing.
According to the Washington Courts, you may be able to restore your license through a Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity or CROP.
You can get a CROP through a civil order from the court. It will help to reduce the barriers that make it hard for you to get your occupational license back after a criminal conviction. It also can assist you if you are having difficulties securing housing due to your background.
When you have a CROP, a licensing agency cannot deny you a license simply because you have a criminal record. However, you should note there are some exceptions, so you will want to check into these prior to securing a CROP. If the exceptions pertain to your situation, then a CROP may not the right avenue for you.
The exceptions to a CROP may apply to specific industries, including health care and law enforcement. In addition, certain types of jobs also fall under the exceptions. For example, if you work with vulnerable people or in a position where you have a fiduciary duty, then a CROP may not help you. Finally, a CROP will not help if you want to secure a license to practice law.
A CROP is generally helpful only when applicable to finding housing or securing a job. It will not expunge or seal your criminal record. It does not restore your rights or remove any requirement you have to put your name on a registry.