Last Updated: May 9, 2022

The Washington State Supreme Court’s ruling in the case State v. Blake found that the law criminalizing drug possession, RCW 69.50.4013, was unconstitutional. As a result of this ruling, any prior conviction under this law, and certain other related law, can be removed from your criminal record.

As a result, your conviction can be vacated. This means the conviction will be treated as if it never occurred. All fines or fees associated with your conviction will be eliminated. If you have made payments towards these fines or fees, you should get them back. Courts are still working on processes for refunding these payments, so you likely will not receive an immediate refund.

Step-by-Step Instructions

The numbers below, such as RCW 69.50.4013, refer to the specific law that the conviction was under. The same crime may have been prosecuted under a different law depending on when it happened. Where you see specific years next to the statute, only crimes that occurred during those times are eligible. Any convictions that occurred after February 25, 2021 are not likely for a Blake vacate.

Step 1Look for eligible possession convictions

Do you have any convictions for drug possession?

  • Controlled Substance Possession – No Prescription RCW 69.50.4013
  • Controlled Substance Violation D – RCW 69.50.401(D)
    Please note, only convictions under section D are eligible. These convictions would be for offenses prior to July 1, 2004.
  • Possession of Narcotics – RCW 69.33.020
  • This includes any convictions for attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit one of the crimes listed above.

If yes: The conviction(s) is eligible to vacate

Step 2:Look for other drug or alcohol possession convictions

Do you have any other similar drug/alcohol possession convictions?

  • Possession of Marijuana – RCW 69.50.401(e) and RCW 69.50.4014
  • Possession of Legend Drugs – RCW 69.41.030 and 69.41.070(3) [1973- June 30, 2004], and RCW 69.41.030(2)(b) [July 1, 2004 – 2021]
  • Possession of Counterfeit Substances RCW 69.50.4011 [July 1, 2004 – 2021]
  • Minor in possession of alcohol – RCW 66.44.270(2)(a)
    If you have a minor in possession of alcohol conviction, you should contact us because these cases can be complicated.
  • This includes any convictions for attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit one of the crimes listed above.

If yes: The conviction(s) is eligible to vacate

Step 3Look for convictions that were based on one of the convictions above

Do you have any convictions where one of the crimes in Steps 1 or 2 was the only basis for the charge?

  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm – RCW 9.41.040(2)(a) [July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2022-2021] and 9.41.040(1)(b) [July 1, 1994 – June 30, 2004]
  • Bail Jumping – RCW 9A.76.170
  • Failure to Appear or Surrender – RCW 9A.76.190
  • Escape (1st,2nd or 3rd Degree) – RCW 9.31.010, 9A.76.110, 9A.76.120, and 9A.76.130
  • Resisting Arrest – RCW 9.69.040 and 9A.76.040

If yes: The conviction(s) is eligible to vacate

If you have one of these convictions, you should contact us because these cases can be complicated.

What to do now

Now that you have reviewed your eligibility for Blake relief, please visit WA Law Help for more information on how to get documents and how to file a motion to vacate your conviction(s).

You may also be able to get an attorney appointed to assist you in some Washington counties.

Impact on Social Security Benefits

If you receive a refund of LFOs under Blake, it may impact your eligibility for certain government benefits. Review Blake and Social Security Benefits FAQs.


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