Oregon Criminal Record Services
Don’t Let Past Mistakes Control Your Future
Nobody wants a criminal record. A criminal record can limit your job opportunities, make finding a place to live more difficult, and even take away your Second Amendment right to own a gun. More than anything, living with a criminal record just isn’t fair once you’ve paid your debt to society.
When you’re arrested or convicted in Oregon, a criminal record is created with the arresting agency, the Oregon State Police Criminal Justice Information Service, the Oregon Department of Justice, the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, and a number of other criminal justice agencies. To make matters worse, the Oregon Judicial Department makes these records searchable online via its Oregon Judicial Case Information Network. This is significant as, when you get a criminal record in Oregon, a lot of people have access to it.
Thankfully, Oregon law allows residents to deal with their criminal records. You can set-aside both misdemeanor and felony convictions, expunge arrest records, reduce felonies, and restore your firearm rights in several different ways.
Know Your Options
Oregon provides quite a few methods to get rid of or limit the availability of criminal records and restore your Second Amendment rights, so it’s important to review the specific circumstances surrounding the incidents on your record to determine the best method of relief.
The most common remedies to deal with a criminal record in Oregon include:
- Setting Aside Arrest Records in Oregon
- Setting Aside Convictions in Oregon
- Reducing Felonies in Oregon
- Setting Aside Marijuana Convictions
- Restoring Firearm Rights in Oregon
Summaries of Our Oregon Services
Oregon Conviction Set-Aside: Oregon State law allows for the expungement, or set–aside, of most misdemeanor and less serious felony convictions. The set–aside fully seals the arrest and conviction records held by state and local criminal record databases, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies. In many cases, having setting aside a conviction will also restore your firearm rights.
Oregon Felony Reductions: Oregon State law allows any Class C felony and a Class B felony for possession or delivery of marijuana to be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor. The reduction order makes the conviction a misdemeanor for all purposes, allowing a person to truthfully state they are no longer convicted of a felony offense. This will often also restore your Second Amendment right to own a gun in many cases.
Setting Aside Oregon Arrest Records: Oregon law usually allows you to set aside criminal records when you were never convicted. This would apply if you’ve been found not guilty, your case was dismissed, or you were never charged. The set aside fully seals the arrest records held by state and local criminal record databases, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies.
Setting Aside Marijuana Convictions: With the passage of Senate Bill 420, many Oregonians with previously ineligible marijuana convictions can now set aside and seal their marijuana convictions. The new law provides an entirely new procedure to set aside marijuana-related convictions, and it also modifies the regular set–aside rules in ORS 137.225 to make them easier to satisfy.
Oregon Firearm Rights Restoration: Oregon law provides several ways to restore your firearm rights. Unless there is another reason your Second Amendment rights have been restricted, setting aside a felony conviction will restore your firearm rights. The same goes for felony reductions. When you don’t qualify for either of those methods, Oregon also has a separate firearm rights restoration process. If you want to restore your firearm rights, it is important to understand why your firearms were taken away and which method is going to be most effective at restoring them.
Oregon Juvenile Expungements: Oregon law permits the expungement of many juvenile records. If the court grants your expungement, you will be treated as if you were never found guilty, and the court shall issue an order sealing all the records relating to the case. In some circumstances, the records may be destroyed after a few years have gone by.
On the service-specific pages linked above, we will review and explain information about these post-conviction remedies in more detail, covering both how to qualify and the effects for each of them.
This Information is for You
Since the majority of people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people may follow along and get the information needed to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we should be clear that some of this information can get complicated, and, in many cases, it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.
To help you understand your rights, our lawyers have developed a tool that can be helpful in figuring out your options. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate in every situation, but our lawyers have invested substantial time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.
You can get started by using our Secure Eligibility Test, or you can give us a call at (844) 947-3732 to see if our legal staff is available for a free consultation. Be aware that our staff is often busy with current clients and a high volume of calls and appointments. If you’re serious about getting rid of your record, your best bet is to take our Secure Eligibility Test and then schedule an appointment to discuss your results and options.
Advantages of Sealing and Expunging Oregon Records
The two biggest issues our law firm’s clients encounter relate to obtaining employment and restoring firearm rights, so we’re going to discuss each. Oregon law permits the setting aside of both convictions and arrest records, the restoration of firearm rights, and the expungement of juvenile records. There is a wide range of different legal methods to deal with your criminal record, and it really depends on which one you’re talking about.
How will expunging my conviction or sealing my arrest record help me get a job?
The answer to this question depends on which type of post-conviction remedy you qualify for, but each of the criminal record services discussed above should be helpful in obtaining a job.
Setting aside convictions and expunging juvenile convictions are two of the best ways to improve your chances of getting a job with a criminal record. Setting aside or expunging your conviction releases you from the judgement of guilt, allowing you to legally state that you have not been convicted of the set–aside conviction.
If you’re not able to set aside your conviction, you may be able to reduce your felony to a misdemeanor. Although a misdemeanor conviction will remain on your record, getting rid of your felony conviction should be very helpful in improving your chances of getting a job. The bottom line is that it’s almost always easier to get a job when you’re no longer a felon.
Arrest record sealing: Arrests are not as much of a barrier to employment as a conviction, but it’s certainly preferable when background checks do not contain prior arrests, particularly if the offenses were severe. While it is illegal for an employer to discriminate in most cases for an arrest record, you can’t affect an employer’s perception in making their hiring decision, so sealing an arrest record will only help your employment prospects.
How can I restore my Second Amendment right to own and possess a firearm?
Not everybody with a conviction in Oregon can restore their constitutional right to own or possess firearms, but Oregon law provides several different methods for restoration.
Setting aside a felony conviction is typically the best way to restore your firearm rights in Oregon. In addition to restoring your Second Amendment rights, it also seals your conviction and has a host of other benefits unrelated to firearm rights.
When you can’t set aside your felony conviction, you may be able to reduce your felony to a misdemeanor, which will also restore your firearm rights. A felony reduction does not seal your conviction record like a set–aside, but it does remove the felony from your record.
Finally, if you do not qualify to set aside or reduce a felony conviction, you may still qualify to petition to restore your firearm rights. If your order is granted, your Second Amendment rights will fully be restored under both Oregon and federal law. However, this method does not set aside, reduce, or really affect your criminal record by removing or reducing any charges.
We will go into more detail regarding restoring Second Amendment rights in Oregon on our Oregon Firearm Rights Restoration page, but restoration typically involves both state and federal law that should be handled by an experienced lawyer. The lawyers in our firm regularly handle complex firearm rights restoration issues, so a good first step in exploring whether you can restore your firearm rights would be to take our Secure Eligibility Test. Then, if appropriate, set up a time to speak with our legal staff about how to proceed.
What You Need to Do to Get Rid of Your Record
If you are tired of having a criminal record hold you back, reach out to us by taking our Secure Eligibility Test or by giving us a call at (844) 947-3732. Our law firm has helped thousands of people with criminal records move on in life, leaving many of the negative effects of a criminal record behind. Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are here to help you figure out what criminal record clearing services best fit your needs, and then help you accomplish your goals. Using our secure, confidential Eligibility Test is the best way to get the process started.
Some of the potential benefits of expunging your criminal record in Oregon include:
- Removing a finding of guilt from your criminal record to help you get a better job
- Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
- Restoring your Second Amendment right to bear arms
- No longer being treated as a felon
- Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
- Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
- Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources
We Are Here To Help
Each of Oregon’s methods for dealing with your criminal record have different requirements and are meant for different circumstances. To move forward, it’s important to determine what Oregon criminal record services are available to you, and then select the services that will provide the greatest benefit. Eastman Meyler, PC is here to help you navigate this very specific area of Oregon criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of an Oregon criminal record.
You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo list our attorneys as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys. Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Oregon state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!