Expungement is the act of erasing a criminal conviction on one’s record. This process can be very challenging to navigate, especially under Oregon law. Most crimes are able to be expunged from a criminal’s record under certain circumstances, but this can be difficult to do without legal assistance.
Guidelines for Expungement
There are specific guidelines you must follow in order to have your crimes expunged from your record.
- You must complete your criminal sentence, pay all required fees, and complete your probation.
- You must wait at least three years before you can apply for expungement.
- If you have more than one conviction, you must wait ten years before applying for expungement.
Your crime may be expunged before the three-year mark if you are acquitted or the charges are dismissed.
What Happens if My History Is Expunged?
If you can have your crime expunged, you do not have to state that you were convicted of the crime that was erased off your record. You can answer “no” when someone asks you if you’ve been convicted of a crime if your criminal history is successfully expunged. Some individuals who previously had a criminal charge can now apply for housing or a job without any trouble.
What Crimes Can’t Be Expunged?
There are a few crimes that cannot be expunged from your record. For example, you cannot expunge traffic or sex crimes, as well as crimes against children. Also, almost all Class A and B felonies cannot be expunged. An expunged crime is wiped from your record, and you will not have to disclose that you were convicted of a crime.
Pedemonte Law: Your Oregon Legal Team
Our team at Pedemonte Law can assist if you’re looking to have a crime expunged from your record. Contact us today to learn more.