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Legal Question: Vacating Criminal Charges

What does it mean that a defendant shall be “released” from all penalties and disabilities when a conviction is vacated?

Penalties and disabilities refers generally to the social impact of having a criminal conviction, and to some of the specific legal rights that are lost by felony conviction (right to vote, right to serve on a jury). Those things have all been restored to you. The only thing not restored through this vacation is the right to own/possess a firearm.

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