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For many convicted criminals in Oregon, facing a lifetime of guilt for the mistakes they made that landed them in trouble, is not the only consequence of their actions that they face. Once released after having served all of the legal consequences recommended by the courts, criminals face a unique set of challenges as they work to rebuild their reputation and create a successful life for themselves outside of prison walls. 

Oregon man receives 10-year reduction on original sentence

When someone receives a criminal conviction in Oregon, the sentence originally ordered by the judge is not necessarily the number of years that the defendant will serve in prison. There are a number of factors that may affect the outcome in the meantime, including situations that allow the defendant to seek post-conviction relief. For example, the court system may allow a defendant to seek relief when there is relevant evidence that the court did not include during the original trial.

What are your rights as a felon looking for work?

If you have a felony conviction on your record, you know better than most just how difficult it is to find gainful employment post release. However, to get back on your feet and to support yourself and possibly your family, you need to find a decent and well-paying job. How can you do that if employers immediately concern themselves with your criminal history? Fortunately, Oregon's Ban the Box protects felons by disallowing employers from asking about applicants' criminal records on applications.

Can your employer view your arrest record?

Since you have been released from your time serving behind bars in Oregon, you have been working to rebuild your life and begin to provide for yourself independent of the support of others. One of the first steps you are taking is to find yourself a job that will provide you with opportunities to strengthen your skills, form relationships and make money. Working around your criminal record may seem daunting at first, but with the right strategies and your integrity, you do not have to let your past hold you back. 

Understanding what a vacated conviction means for you

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. 

When witnesses change their minds

Although you have a right to a fair trial in the Oregon court system, there are a number of things that could interfere with your rights and lead to an unfair judgment. At the David J. Celuch law firm, we understand that post-conviction relief may be available to a defendant when a witness recants his or her testimony after the conviction.

Differences between post-conviction relief and an appeal

At the law firm of David J. Celuch, we often advise clients who have been through the criminal justice system and did not receive fair treatment. You may be able to file a petition for post-conviction relief even if you have already gone through the appellate court and lost your appeal.

Clearing your criminal record through expungement

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.

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