Sealing an Arrest or Conviction
People make mistakes. And people deserve a second chance. And I can help you get there. Getting your record expunged can do more than give you a clean slate – it can help you pursue your dream job. Get a loan without explaining an old arrest or conviction. Get your firearms back. Or coach your kid’s soccer team. Basically, it can help you get back to life. That’s why you need an attorney with expertise in expungements.
I focus on expungements, which means I know the law. And through expunging hundreds of cases every year, I know the preferences of the different courts and district attorneys – and I have developed solid relationships with them. This helps promote fast turn-arounds – and results that matter.
I will have your documents prepared and ready to sign within a week of hiring. And I send email updates as your case is working its way through the process. I understand that an arrest or conviction puts your life on hold, so I work quickly and efficiently to get your record expunged – so that you can move on. My clients tell me that they feel happier, less burdened and free after getting their records expunged.
What Types of Cases Are Eligible for Expungement?
Most Class C felonies, Class B felony property crimes, and misdemeanors are eligible for expungement. In recent years, the Oregon legislature has expanded Oregon’s expungement law to include more types of cases.
Now, some sex offenses are eligible for expungement, after the person has been relieved of the sex offender reporting requirement and if they meet other criteria.
Possession of Schedule I drugs, such as heroin and MDMA are now eligible for expungement, even though they may have been Class B felonies at the time of conviction. Most marijuana cases are also now eligible for expungement, some of which fall under the SB420 expedited process.
Convictions for traffic crimes (such as DUII, Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving) are not eligible for expungement. Class A & B person felonies are not eligible either. Crimes considered to be child abuse or elder abuse are not eligible for expungement.
If your record is not eligible for expungement, you may still be able to have your felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, or your Second Amendment firearm rights restored under ORS 166.274. However, ORS 166.274 does not apply to people convicted of a person felony or Measure 11 crime or to people still serving a sentence or who have served a sentence within the past year. If you believe you may qualify under 166.274, call me to discuss the particulars of your case.
News and Updates
Under Oregon law, mugshot websites must now remove dismissed or expunged cases within 30 days of receiving a written request. The sites may not charge a fee to remove mugshots under these circumstances.
Some sex crimes may now be expunged. HB 3327 allows a conviction for Sex Abuse III, Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, Rape III, and Sodomy III to be eligible for expungement if the person has been given relief from sex offender registration (pursuant to ORS 181.830) and does not have a conviction or adjudication for a crime that is ineligible for expungement.
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