Can Arrests that do not Result in a Conviction be Used Against Me?

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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Five Things to Know About Rights Restoration in Oregon

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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Why do I need to Provide a Fingerprint Card with my Motion to Set Aside?

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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