Municipal Courts in Oregon must allow set asides or expungements under the same laws that apply in Circuit Courts. The process and fees are generally the same as well. Municipal Courts can be much easier to deal with than Circuit Courts, but sometimes their staff has never dealt with motions to set aside convictions or…

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Because of global accessibility to digitized information and record keeping, data sharing across local, state and federal governmental agencies have 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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When someone is arrested but not convicted, the relief they feel can be overwhelming. It is unfortunate that most background checks fail to differentiate between an arrest and a conviction. While arrest records cannot technically be used against someone, they are generally considered public information.  Unless they are expunged, arrests are likely to appear on…

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1. Set Aside (Expungement) Clears Criminal Records When a criminal arrest or conviction is expunged, all official records of the incident, including police records are sealed, and you can legally deny the arrest or conviction over occurred. In extremely limited circumstances, a judge can opt to reopen an expunged record, but this is an extremely…

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Every motion to set aside in Oregon must be accompanied by an FBI-standard fingerprint card. This applies to set asides for arrests as well, not just convictions. This part of the process can seem invasive, especially given that for many crimes people were never even fingerprinted in the first place. However, the purpose of the…

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