Clearing your criminal record through expungement

| Jul 20, 2018 | Post-conviction Relief |

If you are worried about how your criminal record will affect your life in Oregon, you may have done some research on expungements in hopes of reducing some of the long-term consequences. At the law firm of David J. Celuch, we understand that although applying for an expungement can be complex, for many people it is a life-changer.

The Oregon State Bar explains that there is generally a waiting period between the time that the arrest, charges or conviction appeared on your record and the time that you can have this mark erased. This ranges from one year to 10 years, except in the case of dismissed charges or an acquittal. In either of these situations, you can have your record expunged immediately, as long as the following is true:

  • Law enforcement has not arrested you for an offense other than a traffic violation in the last 10 years
  • You have not received a nontraffic conviction in the last 10 years
  • No other conviction on your record has been expunged in the last 10 years
  • You are not currently under prosecution for an offense

Charges and convictions that are generally eligible for expunction include misdemeanors and felonies that the court may treat as misdemeanors, violations and Class C felonies.

In most cases, if you have a Class A or Class B felony conviction on your record, there is nothing you can do to have it erased. Likewise, traffic violations and traffic crimes such as driving under the influence of intoxicants are not eligible for expunction.

More information about clearing your criminal record is available on our webpage.