At a minimum, an expungement or set aside motion requires a $281 court filing fee as well as an $80 background check fee for the Oregon State Police.  Additional costs include $15 to $20 for a fingerprint card. (Pricing current in 2019) If an attorney handles your case, attorney fees will also be required. Lohrke…

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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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Massive data sharing is made possible with the growth of computerized record-keeping by government agencies. In the last several years we have seen municipal convictions that never affected a client suddenly show up on a background check or prevent them from purchasing a firearm. We regularly receive phone calls from people with long-forgotten convictions from…

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Arrests that do not result in a conviction appear on most criminal background checks. Most background checks do a poor job of showing the difference between convictions and arrests. Though arrests cannot be officially used against you, the fact that they show up is prejudicial to employers, landlords, police, and others who view your criminal…

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1. Set Aside (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…

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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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