Understanding what a vacated conviction means for you

| Sep 30, 2018 | Post-conviction Relief |

If you have been convicted of a crime in Oregon, your punishment and the sentence you are required to serve will vary drastically depending on the nature of your offense and the conditions surrounding it. Once you have paid your dues, you face an uncertain future as you work toward regaining your independence and living your life outside of prison. At David J. Celuch, we have helped many convicted criminals to work past their crimes to have the best opportunity at living a successful life. 

In some cases, you may have the option to file for relief in the form of a vacated conviction. This may allow you to rebuild your reputation and have a better chance at finding employment for example. However, for this process to be successful, the courts must first identify that you have indeed met the requirements for receiving a dismissal. The length of this process and whether or not you are approved is entirely dependent on the crime you committed that got you into trouble in the first place. 

According to seattle.gov, if you are granted approval to have your conviction vacated, it does not erase your record from legal recording systems. Rather, an update will be created to reflect the change, but your record information will still be available to the public. 

When you understand what a vacated conviction means, you can determine whether or not it is worth your time to work toward getting a dismissal. Regardless of your outcome, it is important that you focus your efforts on recovering your reputation and rebuilding trust with people who matter to you so that you can be successful and move past your conviction. For more information about relief from your conviction, visit our web page.