Expungement Lawyer and Rights Restoration in Portland, Oregon

Being convicted of a crime is a serious matter, one that will have consequences for the rest of your life. It will stay on your personal criminal record, and it can cause you to lose or have restricted some of your rights, such as the right to buy and own a firearm, or the right…

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Expungement Lawyer and Rights Restoration in Coos Bay, Oregon

  If one or more felony convictions that happened years ago continue to make your life difficult, there may be solutions to your problem. Oregon law includes several options for people who wish to clear their name—and their legal record. If you’ve stayed out of legal trouble long enough, a process called “set aside,” more…

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Expungement Lawyer and Rights Restoration in Bend, Oregon

  If one or more felony convictions that happened years ago continue to make your life difficult, there may be solutions to your problem. Oregon law includes several options for people who wish to clear their name—and their legal record. If you’ve stayed out of legal trouble long enough, a process called “set aside,” more…

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Expungement Lawyer and Rights Restoration in Pendleton, Oregon

When you’re convicted of a crime, there are a number of consequences. In addition to whatever sentence you must serve, your personal criminal record is updated to include your conviction.  Depending on the crime, it may stay on your record forever. It can cost you access to certain rights, such as the right to own…

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How Do Background Checks Work in Oregon?

From renting an apartment to securing employment, background checks are a part of everyday life. However, if you have a negative mark on your background, you could have trouble even meeting the most basic needs. If you have wondered how a modern background check works in the state of Oregon and what you can do…

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Buying a Gun with a Criminal Record in Oregon

The right to bear arms is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. This right is reiterated in the Oregon Constitution as well. In the aftermath of certain criminal offenses, however, these rights may be suspended or revoked. Adults in Oregon who wish to buy firearms are forbidden from doing so if they have been convicted of…

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The Ultimate Guide to Owning a Firearm in Oregon

  Both the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of Oregon promise citizens the right to bear arms. But like all of the rights in our democracy, there are exceptions designed to protect everyone’s safety and peace. Americans are also entitled to free speech, but it’s still illegal to shout “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater.…

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Over-Prosecution Costs Billions in Lost Productivity

Anybody with a felony record knows very well the challenges of finding decent employment and housing. The clear result of felony prosecutions is that good potential workers are kept out of the productive labor force. A report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research states that this under-employment actually reduces the productivity of the…

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Rights Restoration Options Besides Expungement or Set Aside?

We think of Rights Restoration as a hierarchy. At the top is expungement or set aside, which makes the conviction disappear. You can’t get better than that. If you cannot expunge or set aside, the next best thing is to turn a felony into a misdemeanor. This is done through a law that allows a…

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Can Rights be Restored if Money is Still Owed in a Case?

In our experience, all fines, fees, and restitution must be paid off before people can set aside a conviction. A reduction requires at a minimum to be up to date with a payment plan. The laws do not explicitly discuss money owed, but they do discuss complying with the sentence of the court, which arguably…

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Do Municipal Court Arrests and Convictions Show up on my Criminal Record?

Because of global accessibility to digitized information and record keeping, data sharing across local, state, and federal governmental agencies has become the norm. The result has been clients who have had municipal court convictions from the 80s, 70s or even 60s pop up on a background check, preventing them from getting an apartment, being hired…

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Five Things to Know About Rights Restoration in Oregon

  1. Expungement clears criminal records Expungement in Oregon is a complete restoration of your rights. Records of the arrest and conviction, including police records, are destroyed and you are allowed to deny the arrest and conviction ever occurred. Only in very limited circumstances can a court reopen a sealed file. If all of your…

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