Record Sealing & Expungement
Criminal records are far more “visible” to background searches and can cause a person to be excluded from consideration for housing, employment and other benefits otherwise available in society. Many criminal convictions and arrests can be expunged and the records sealed from discovery by those doing background checks. Under the law in Oregon an expunged conviction is deemed not to have occurred and a person may legally state to have not been conviction of the offense. Expunction is a highly technical process where the nature of the offense, success on probation, time since conviction and the absence or presence of other matters on someone’s record all come into play to determine if that person is eligible to have their record sealed. Criminal arrests and dismissals will still appear on certain records but are subject to being expunged as well.