Oregon is about to make expunging old marijuana convictions faster, easier, and less expensive. Senate Bill 420 will take effect January 1, 2020. It allows marijuana convictions to be set aside with no court costs, fingerprints, or State Police fees. The process happens quickly. After the paperwork is filed with the court, the district attorney…

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In our experience all fines, fees, and restitution must be paid off before people can set aside a conviction. A reduction requires at a minimum to be up to date with a payment plan. The laws do not explicitly discuss money owed, but they do discuss complying with the sentence of the court, which arguably…

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Convictions for felony vehicle crimes cannot be set aside, but they can be reduced to misdemeanors. Oregon Revised Statute 161.705 allows a Class C Felony to be reduced to a Class A Misdemeanor. Felony reduction to misdemeanor applies to convictions for criminal as well as vehicle crimes. Once a felony conviction is properly reduced to…

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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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