Expungement is Good for Everyone

It won’t come as any surprise that expunging a criminal record benefits the person whose record is cleared. It’s also not much of a stretch to see how that step is beneficial to that person’s family. After all, eliminating the barriers created by a criminal record can mean:  Better employment opportunities Higher wages Better access…

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Changes to Oregon Expungement Law Eligibility

Oregon Expungement law is in for big changes. Senate Bill 397 takes effect January 1, 2022. It reduces most set aside timelines and has a profound effect on non-person Class B felonies. Expungement of eligible Class B felony convictions is now possible after seven years.   Cost Reduction of at least $281 per case by…

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Relief from Juvenile Sex Offender Registration

Juveniles who are adjudicated for sex offenses in the state of Oregon are minors under the age of 18 that have committed a sexual offense, usually against another minor. Before August 2015, many juveniles adjudicated for sex offenses were placed on the sex offender registry for life.  Juveniles are still being placed on the sex…

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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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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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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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Expungement Eligibility Timeframes

How Long do I have to Wait to Expunge or Set Aside a Conviction in Oregon? New expungement time-frames take effect January 1, 2022. In general, waiting periods are shorter than they were under the previous law. An explanation of the new time-frames is available here. Adult arrests that do not result in a conviction…

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Expungement Court Hearings

Must I Appear Before a Judge to Set Aside a Conviction? If you or your attorney properly investigated your case, there should be no need to appear for a hearing before a judge. A set aside in Oregon is fairly black and white. You are eligible or you are not. It is a waste of…

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How to Get Your Felony Expunged For Free in 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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Restoring Firearm Rights Despite a Felony Conviction

One of the consequences of a felony conviction in Oregon is revocation of the right to possess a firearm through the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Even if the conviction was many years ago and an isolated event, the loss of the right to purchase and own a gun continues in perpetuity. Thankfully,…

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How Many Felonies Can be Reduced to Misdemeanors

What Is Felony Reduction? Felony reduction refers to the process of turning what was a felony conviction into a misdemeanor conviction. This legal process can be applied to most lower level or Class C felonies and some Class B felonies under Oregon law. Felonies can be eligible for felony reduction even years after the initial…

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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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