Restoration of Rights Project – Virginia Profile

Guide to restoration of rights, pardon, sealing & expungement following a Virginia criminal conviction

The Collateral Consequences of Arrests and Convictions under D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Law

By the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs (2014)


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