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Clearing Your Criminal Record

Criminal Defense attorney Rhett Bernstein is available to practice criminal law anywhere throughout the state of Oregon, including: Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties; as well as most municipal courts throughout the Portland Metro area. Call (503) 454-6610 for a free initial case analysis.

A Clean Slate

Expungement is the process of filing a motion asking the court to set aside or seal a record of convictions or arrests. If the motion is granted, the court will order the sealing of the conviction record and/or the arrest record.

The Criminal Defense law firm of Rhett Bernstein employs former prosecutors, former law enforcement officers, and former forensic experts. Rhett Bernstein defends clients throughout the state of Oregon; including Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, and all Portland-area municipal courts in the following counties and cities:

Clackamas County Multnomah County Washington County
Boring Gresham Banks
Canby Maywood Park Beaverton
Clackamas Portland Bull Mountain
Damascus Troutdale Cornelius
Estacada Wood Village Durham
Gladstone   Forest Grove
Happy Valley   Gaston
Lake Oswego   Hillsboro
Milwaukie   King City
Molalla   Laurelwood
Oregon City   North Plains
Sandy   Sherwood
Tualatin   Tigard
West Linn   Tualatin
    Wilsonville

Did you Know?

  • Most rental and employment applications will ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime, and will run a criminal background check on applicants.
  • A felony criminal conviction can have a seriously negative impact on your ability to qualify for low income housing.
  • Convicted felons, or anyone who has ever been convicted of a Domestic Violence crime, will have their firearm rights restricted.
  • Most Class A and Class B Felonies cannot be expunged
  • Traffic violations, DUIs, most violent crimes, and most sex offenses cannot be removed from your record
Once an arrest or conviction has been expunged it is removed from public record, as if it never even happened.

You Were Convicted of a Crime

In Oregon most Violations, Misdemeanors, and Class C Felony convictions can be set aside. The expungement process for these crimes can be started three years from the date of your conviction, if you have no other criminal history. To qualify you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete all the requirements of your sentence, including any period of probation
  • You have not been convicted of another crime, other than a traffic violation, in the past ten years
  • You have not set aside another conviction in the past ten years
  • There are no current criminal proceedings against you

You Were Not Convicted of a Crime

If you were arrested but not ever charged or convicted of a crime, you can ask the court to expunge your record one year from the date of your arrest.

If you were arrested and charged with a crime but the charges were dismissed or you were acquitted, you can petition the court to set aside your record immediately. To qualify you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have not been arrested for anything other than a traffic violation in the last three years
  • You have not been convicted of a crime, other than a traffic offense, within the last ten years
  • You have not had a conviction set aside within the last ten years
  • There are no current criminal proceedings against you
  • You have not had a DUI charge dismissed after completing a Diversion Program

Sealing an Arrest or Conviction

Cleaning up your criminal history can be complicated and time consuming. It’s very difficult to know for sure whether your record even qualifies for expungement. Criminal law attorney Rhett Bernstein will help you with this very complicated process each step of the way. We can determine whether or not you are eligible for an expungement. If you are, we will complete the applicable paperwork and guide you through the steps in setting aside the conviction and record of arrest. For more information about sealing a criminal record through an expungement, contact Rhett Bernstein for a free initial case analysis.


Legal Disclaimer: Nothing on this site shall be taken as legal advice. For advice on a legal matter, contact attorney Rhett Bernstein immediately for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation.

Criminal Defense attorney Rhett Bernstein is available to practice criminal law anywhere throughout the state of Oregon, including: Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties; as well as most municipal courts throughout the Portland Metro area.