After one is acquitted from a crime, or after a case is dropped, one may think that their criminal records are automatically expunged. Some may also think that, like credit reports, everything on one’s criminal record will disappear after a certain number of years. However, this is normally not the case, and even an arrest that does not lead to charges can still exist on one’s criminal record. This matters because that arrest will show up on background searches, which could negatively affect both employment and educational opportunities. Indeed, one may even be denied housing or government assistance! So, those facing this scenario often wonder, “Is there way to erase a criminal record?”
Essentially, expungement is the legal process that erases criminal records or that makes criminal records invisible to most background checks. In our state, an expunged conviction legally never occurred, and one is allowed to state that they have not been convicted of that offense, even on a job application.
So, “Is there way to erase a criminal record?” In a word that is all too common with legal questions, “maybe.” One could qualify for record expungement, but whether one qualifies will be a case by case analysis. Luckily, our firm can help determine whether one does qualify. In fact, though we are based in Oregon City, Oregon, we can help anyone with their criminal record throughout the state.
How to qualify?
Again, the expungement process is a legal process, and it is highly technical. Many factors must be examined by our firm, including the amount of time since the conviction, nature of the offense, absence or presence of other offenses, probation completion (if applicable), etc.
Of course, not all crimes are eligible for expungement. Some crimes will also still be visible to criminal courts and law enforcement, even if expungement is granted, which means they would still count as “priors,” if one is subsequently convicted of another offense.
Practicing criminal law since 1984 in Oregon, Bruce Shepley has helped hundreds of clients get a new start on life through expungement. And, rather than wasting anyone’s time, he tells his clients upfront whether they may be eligible for the process. Do not let one’s past define their future, contact us today.