To apply for expungement, you must file a motion with the court that convicted you of the crime. The process to successfully expunge your conviction is complicated and requires several steps and documents, which is why at attorney’s help is important. For most people, getting the expungement done quickly is important. Not having an attorney’s help who knows how to accomplish the expungement as soon as possible will only delay your effort to accomplish a clean(er) record.
The motion must include a copy of your criminal record and a fee, amongst other documents. The court will then review your application and decide whether to grant your request.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about expungement in Oregon:
- You cannot expunge a crime if you are still on probation or parole.
- You cannot expunge a crime if you have been convicted of another crime since the one you are trying to expunge.
- Expungement does not erase your criminal record completely. It simply seals your public record so that it is no longer accessible to the public.
- Expungement will not remove your record from a privately owned website, for example.
- The process of expungement can be complex and time-consuming. It is important to consult with an attorney to ensure that you meet all of the eligibility requirements and that your application is processed correctly.
- If your application for expungement is denied, you may be able to appeal the decision.
Benefits of expungement
There are many benefits to expungement, including:
- You may be able to get a job or accomplish a promotion at your current job that after successful expungement.
- You may be able to rent an apartment after successful expungement.
- You may be able to volunteer for organizations or at your kids’ school or sports team after successful expungement.
- You may be able to obtain a professional license after successful expungement.
- You may be able to travel to countries after successful expungement.
- You will be able to vote in elections after successful expungement.
- You may be able to obtain a security clearance.
If you are interested in chatting with us about expunging your record, please give us a call today. We handle many expungements every year in many counites throughout the state of Oregon. We should be able to review your record over the phone, in most cases, and give you a cost so that you can get this process started (and finished!) as soon as possible.