Rights Restoration Case Examples

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2016 Client, Lane County - Convicted Charges

Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants

Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run)

Rights Restoration Result

Oregon firearm rights restored

Years earlier, this client had been involved in an alcohol-related crash where a person was injured.

He hired Lohrke Law because he wanted to hunt again. Hit and Run is a driving crime and cannot be expunged. It can, however, be reduced to a misdemeanor, but we did not feel enough time had passed yet for a judge to reduce the charge. Therefore, we applied for his firearm rights to be restored. This required that we prove to the judge by clear and convincing evidence that he is not a danger to the public or himself.

After a hearing on the matter where we called witnesses, our client was granted a firearms rights restoration.

2015 Client, Marion County - Convicted Charges:

Felony Driving While Suspended

Rights Restoration Result

Felony reduced to Misdemeanor

This client was convicted in 1992 of felony driving while suspended and misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The felony kept our client from owning and possessing firearms, but more importantly, he owned a machine shop and hoped to be able to manufacture parts for firearms. The felony conviction prevented him from doing anything related to firearms.

Driving crimes in Oregon cannot be expunged, or set aside, so we filed motions to reduce the felony conviction to a misdemeanor, twenty-three years after the conviction. Lohrke Law was the first law firm in many counties across Oregon to files motions to reduce felonies to misdemeanors. It often required that we prove to district attorney's offices and judges across the state that Oregon law allows a Class C Felony sentence to be reduced to a Class A Misdemeanor sentence, even years after the conviction with the case file was long closed.

In this case, Lohrke Law proved to the court that continuing the felony conviction would be unduly harsh.

The judge granted our request based only on the motions we filed with the court. There was no need for a hearing. We strive to avoid a hearing before the judge when it is possible because it saves our clients money.

Today, this client is no longer a felon and all of his rights are restored.

2015 Client, Lane County - Convicted Charges:

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, ORS 475.992

Rights Restoration Result

No Criminal History

Since these convictions, our client had quit drugs and maintained a steady work history. The felony convictions prevented him from getting promoted at work or finding a better job. He came to us because he wanted his record cleared.

These convictions were eligible to be set aside under the Oregon expungement statute, ORS 137.225. We filed the appropriate motions and they were granted. This client now has no criminal history. Police agencies have shredded any reports related to these cases. The court files are held under seal. Our client can legally deny these crimes ever occurred.

2015 Client, Lane County - Convicted Charges:

Criminally Negligent Homicide

Rights Restoration Result

Oregon Firearm Rights restored.

When our client was young, he drove while intoxicated and a crash occurred that resulted in the death of his best friend. The crash was devastating and our client never touched alcohol again. Many years later, he contacted Lohrke Law because he hoped to be able to go hunting with his family despite the felony conviction.

Lohrke Law filed a motion to restore our client's Oregon firearm rights. The motion was not opposed by the Sheriff, and within a couple of weeks, the judge signed a judgment restoring our client's firearm rights. Our client was again able to go hunting with his family.

2016 Client, Coos County - Convicted Charges:


Felony Driving While Suspended, 1982

Felony Driving While Suspended, 1980

Felony level, Possession of a Firearm, (from another state) 1997

Rights Restoration Result

Oregon Firearm Rights restored.

Our client’s primary goal was to be able to hunt again with a rifle. A lifetime of hard work had left him with a bad shoulder and he could no longer bow hunt. We are Oregon attorneys and could not help with the out-of-state conviction, so our client decided to do an Oregon firearms rights restoration under ORS 166.274. This procedure allowed our client to restore his Oregon firearm and hunting rights while still having three felonies on his record.

Our request to the court was granted without a hearing and our client’s right to hunt with a rifle was restored.

2016 Client, Lane County - Convicted Charges:


Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, Class A Felony, 1985

Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, Class C Felony, 1985

Rights Restoration Result

No Criminal History

This client had previously been ineligible for expungement of the Class A felony for the manufacture of a controlled substance.

However, due to changes in Oregon’s expungement statute for marijuana crimes (ORS 137.225 and ORS 137.226) we were able to expunge our client’s entire criminal record.

2016 Client, Lane County - Convicted Charges:


Felony Driving While Suspended, 1987

Felony Driving While Suspended, 1988

Rights Restoration Result

Felony driving while suspended reduced to misdemeanor

For this client, the felony Driving While Suspended convictions could not be expunged because they are crimes that appear in the vehicle code.

However, they could be reduced to misdemeanors. Our request to convert the felony convictions to misdemeanors was granted without the need for a hearing.

2016 Client, Lane County - Convicted Charges:


Criminal Mischief 1, 2000

Criminal Mischief, 2000

Harassment, 2000

Rights Restoration Result

No Criminal History

This client was eligible to expunge his entire criminal history. We filed the appropriate motions with the court and his criminal history is erased.


Above and Beyond

I was arrested on 12/3/12 on some serious criminal charges. I was assigned a court appointed attorney that wasn’t interested or capable of defending me. I was going to spend the next two years of my life in prison! I called Jesse and he intervened on my behalf. He traveled 300 miles round trip to represent me on court appearances. He sent people to search the archives in Multnomah County to disprove my past criminal history. He wasn’t afraid to question police procedures. He offered positive suggestions on things I could do to help myself, which I was more than happy to do. The fact is that he worked harder for me than any lawyer I’ve ever known.

As a result of Jesse’s hard work, on February 14, 2013, I was given three years probation instead of two years in prison. And, thanks to Jesse’s suggestions on how I could prove myself a changed person, I’m on reduced supervision at this time and scheduled to be off paper next June.

I honestly owe my life to Jesse Lohrke!

Review on Avvo – December 2014



Only Regret is I Didn’t Pursue This Earlier

I would like to express to you and your staff my gratitude for your help in restoring my gun rights. In December I was able to purchase my first legal handgun, and tonight in the mail I received my concealed carry license for the state of Oregon.

My only regret is I didn’t pursue this further at an earlier date, apparently though God had a different path that led me to you.

I have passed on your name and website to a few individuals, explaining how you helped me.
Again, thank you very much.


J.H. Union County, Oregon
2019 Rights Restoration Client

Peace of Mind!

I am grateful for finding Jesse Lohrke. I live out of state and my college sophomore son was charged with a crime. He received a false ID/underage drinking citation. Mr. Lohrke listened and calmed me down. He then took care of everything and communicated directly with my son. He formed a strategy and was able to negotiate a fair outcome. My son did not have to fly back and forth to Oregon in order to resolve the matter. I would highly recommend Jesse Lohrke. His fees were quite reasonable and I felt he was honest and forthright.

Review on Avvo – December 2015


Hands down the best attorney

I enjoy Jesse and his wife very helpful people hands down the best attorney. Very open minded and he doesn’t beat around the bush about stuff he gets to the point! Thank you Jesse and Elizabeth for all your both help.

Review on Google – February 2018


Jesse Lohrke: Holistic Attorney

Until Jesse represented me, I had no idea there was (or even could be) such thing as a holistic attorney! (disclaimer: my description of him, not sure how he feels about it:) ) Throughout my case, which came at an already very difficult time in my life, Jesse was not only highly professional and knowledgeable but personally respectful and caring. He explained everything completely (several times in fact!); presented me with all possible options; answered my questions to satisfaction and researched those he was not certain about. He answered my calls personally or returned them promptly. I came to trust him immensely throughout this time. In fact, I credit Jesse Lohrke greatly with the successful outcome of my case as well as my personal life situation during that time. He is not only a great lawyer – he is a wonderful person!

Review on Avvo – May 2014


I Feel Incredibly Lucky

Jesse guided me through a very messy and challenging DHS dependency case, and I feel incredibly lucky to have had him represent me. He helped me win one of my kids back during the case itself and then, looking toward the appeal, preserved my rights and set me up perfectly to win in the appeal process.

Throughout the entire case, Jesse was respectful of me and my wishes for my family, and how I wanted to approach my case, which was in some ways unconventional. In some instances, he didn’t agree with my approach, but he respected my preferences and fought for it just as hard. He’s not afraid to take a case to trial, and he’s good at it. He knows what to expect, can easily navigate the sometimes rapid-fire pace of the courtroom, and knows what to do to protect his client’s rights. His experience as a criminal defense attorney clearly shows.

Additionally, Jesse was very responsive and organized throughout the entire process, even while his office was moving in the midst of my case. Maybe most importantly, Jesse is honest and genuine, and he truly cares about you and your family.

To put it simply, Jesse Lohrke is a badass attorney, and I wish anyone going through a legal case could have an attorney like him.


T.G. — Bend, Oregon
2019 Dependency Client

Jesse is the best at what he does

Jesse is the best at what he does I know I could trust him if my life depended on it he takes pride at what he does and when you meet him you know he genuinely cares about your situation

Review on Google – May 2018


A tireless attorney who earned my highest recommendation.

Mr. Lohrke did a fantastic job of representing me. His initial recommendations to me were fair and suitable to my situation. When I explained to him my specific needs and the extenuating circumstances he went to bat for me tirelessly. It took a while and he never slowed down or suggested to me that I needed to compromise. I give Mr. Lohrke my highest recommendation and I believe you are in very good hands if he is representing you.

Review on Avvo – September 2014



My experience with Jesse was great

I moved to Oregon 7 months ago and came to Oregon at the age of 53yrs old, And i was an avid bowhunter but due to some disabilities i have a very hard time bow hunting , so i seen an add that said get your Gun rights Back to which i never thought would happen, but I hired Jesse and his Law firm and six months later i received my Gun rights back here in Oregon so now im able to Own and buy guns Now i cant wait to go hunting with my son with a rifle for the first time ever Thank you very Much Jesse

Review on Google – June 2017


Elizabeth didn’t make me feel less than a person

Elizabeth, I want to thank you for helping me with this matter. I appreciate that you listened to me as a client. Even though I made a mistake, you didn’t make me feel less than a person. I know that it hasn’t been easy because of covid-19 and my health problems. I have been recommending your name to my friends that may know of someone in my situation. Thank you again.

William W.

One of the best attorneys in town hands down

Jesse Lohrke is one of the best attorneys in town hands down. He represented my case accordingly and proved to the DA and the judge that there was circumstantial evidence of my innocence. Jesse Lohrke.. if not the best.. he’s definitely one of em. Jesse Lohrke cares. Thanks Jesse Lohrke.


Best lawyer a man could ask for.

Jesse Lohrke is the best lawyer a man could ask for. He got my sentence reduced on several occasions and minimized the amount of money I had to pay. He genuinely cares about his clients and always has their best interest in mind. He shows up ready to go and is the man you want to go to bat for you.

Review on Avvo – August 2014


Elizabeth persevered and changed my life

I highly recommend Elizabeth Lohrke of Lohrke Law to be a dedicated, detailed, driven, and experienced Attorney, who didn’t give up when dealing with the bureaucracies of the Tri-County Courts, Elizabeth persevered and changed my life back to be a normal, law-abiding citizen.

Ryan B.

Cleaning up my criminal record and getting back my gun rights.

I came to Jesse because I was trying to get a better job and I was concerned that I would be discriminated against because of my criminal record. He quickly researched the relevant facts and informed me. He then introduced me to an exciting specialty of his: reducing felony charges to misdemeanors, restoring gun rights, and expunging criminal records entirely. He has done some amazing work for me over the last few months and it has been surprisingly affordable. I am super excited about my future now. Anyone with a criminal record should be talking to Jesse about fixing it.

Review on Avvo – December 2014