Sealing a Criminal Record

Under Oregon law certain records of an arrest or conviction can be removed or "expunged" from your record. This will not happen unless you take action to have such records sealed. It is important to seal and expunge such records when you are able because the existence of such records in your past can have dramatic consequences for your life moving forward. Such records can be used to deny you employment, housing and even certain government benefits.

Sealing a Criminal Record in Oregon

In some cases, you may petition the court to seal your criminal record or your arrest record. This is also sometimes called "criminal record expungement."

At the Portland, Oregon, law firm of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our criminal defense attorneys know the intricacies of Oregon's criminal record expungement laws. We are skilled in the art of filing the necessary motions and affidavits to get the arrest, citation or conviction erased from your record.

Get Help Sealing a Criminal Record

Because not all types of arrests, citations and convictions can be sealed, our attorneys will consult with you at no charge to determine whether your situation falls within Oregon's laws allowing for the arrest, citation or conviction to be sealed.

General Guidelines for Sealing a Criminal Record in Oregon

Under Oregon law, you may be eligible to apply for expungement of your criminal conviction or arrest record:

  • Any time after three years from the date of the conviction, as long as you have complied with and fully performed the court's sentence. Your conviction must have been a violation, misdemeanor, or Class C felony, or a crime punishable as either a felony or a misdemeanor, including some Class B felony marijuana cases.
  • Any time after one year from the date of any arrest, if no complaint was filed.
  • Any time after an acquittal or a dismissal of the charge.

Generally, you are not eligible for expungement if:

  • The conviction was for a sex crime, child abuse crime, domestic violence crime, traffic offense, or any Class B or A felonies (with the exception of some class B marijuana cases).
  • You have been convicted of any other crime within the 10 years preceding your expungement application.
  • There is another criminal charge currently pending against you in court.

Contact Us for a Free & Confidential Initial Consultation

All initial consultations are free. We will discuss fees in depth at the initial consultation and we will work with you to find a fee structure that is appropriate given the nature and complexity of the case. Some expunctions require filing fees, currenty $252.00 and $80.00 in addition to any attorney fees. Many expunction cases are uncontested and require little attroney time. However, it is not unusual for some cases to be contested and require a court hearing.

In all cases, we make sure our clients always understand exactly what fees and costs they will pay for our services.

Contact our office today to schedule a free and confidential initial meeting. Call toll-free to 1-888-311-2016, or send us an e-mail.