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 to apply for and work certain jobs.
However, while you can’t ever get your record completely wiped clean, by working with an expungement lawyer, there are things you can do to limit the impact of your conviction and perhaps even get your rights restored.
Residents of the Portland area, if you need help with expungement-related cases, look no further than Lohrke Law. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you get your rights back.
Services Provided by Lohrke Law:
By specializing in expungement related litigation, as well as other criminal defense cases, we are able to offer the following services:
If you are looking to lessen the impact of a past conviction on your rights, then the first thing you will want to consider is filing for an expungement.
When a conviction is expunged, or, in Oregon, “Set Aside,” then it is removed from public records. It will not show up on your personal criminal record, and you can legally deny ever having been convicted.
To be clear, an expungement does not erase your conviction. It just dramatically restricts who can access it, and it often requires someone to go through the courts if they want to see details.
If eligible, you should pursue an expungement, as this will have the most profound impact on your rights. But not all convictions are able to be expunged. Your expungement lawyer will inform you if this is the right course of action, and if it’s not, there are several others you can pursue to get your rights restored.
One alternative to an expungement is a felony reduction. Just like the name suggests, this is the process of having a felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. This removes you from “felon status,” which automatically restores a number of rights, particularly the right to buy and own a firearm.
Many Class C felonies are able to be reduced to misdemeanors, which includes drug possession convictions. But violent crimes are usually not able to be reduced. Speak with an experienced expungement lawyer to determine if this is the right proces for you.
If you’ve had your driving rights suspended because of a driving-related conviction or some other charge, you can appeal this decision and get your driving rights restored. Not being able to drive can often place undue burden on a person, and you can get these rights back, even in cases where the courts won’t modify the original conviction.
If you’ve been convicted of a felony or some other crime, you lose the right to be able to buy a firearm.
To get this right back, the best thing you can do is have your conviction expunged or reduced. But even if you can’t get rid of your felon status, you can still file to have your firearm rights restored, especially if you’re a hunter.
Don’t give up on your rights just because you have a felony that can’t be modified. There is still hope, and Lohrke Law is here to help.
Why Work with Lohrke Law in Portland
If you live in Portland, we understand you have a lot of choices when it comes to expungement lawyers. But you should stop your search and work with us because of our:
As a local law firm with far-reaching ties in the Portland community, we are uniquely positioned to handle your case. These types of cases are heard in front of a judge. Our experience has allowed us to build relationships with these judges, as well as the district attorney, making it much easier for us to process these cases and also produce a favorable result.
We have more than ten years experience working as expungement lawyers and working on expungement-related cases. We know the law inside and out, and we’re also tuned into what produces a winning result.
When you work with us, you’ll be getting access to all of this expertise, which will only improve your chances at winning your case.
Commitment to You and the Law
For those of us working at Lohrke Law, these expungement cases are more than just cases. It’s important to us that everyone, even those who have been convicted of criminal charges, make full use of their rights, and get them restored whenever they are eligible to do so. Winning your case is about more than just helping; for us, it’s the right thing to do.
Contact Lohrke Law Today and Get Your Rights Restored
If you’ve had some of your rights reduced or restricted as a result of a prior criminal conviction, get in touch with one of the expungement lawyers working at Lohrke Law.
Our 10+ years of experience will help us identify which path to pursue and will help you get as many of your rights restored as possible.
Don’t wait another second to get your rights back. Call Lohrke Law today.