is the legal term for sealing a criminal record. Legal Services can
help you expunge your criminal record if you qualify under Oregon law.
Unfortunately, we cannot help those who have arrests or convictions in
Generally, according to Oregon law you are eligible for an expungement
of your criminal conviction and/or arrest record:
are not eligible for an expungement if:
time after three years from the date of the conviction, as long as you
have complied with and fully performed the sentence of the court. Your
conviction must have been a violation, misdemeanor, or Class C felony,
or a crime punishable as either a felony or a misdemeanor;
time after one year
from the date of any arrest, if no complaint was filed; or
time after an acquittal or a dismissal of the charge.
conviction is for a sex crime or child abuse crime;
have been convicted of another crime within the immediately
preceding 10-year period of applying for an expungement;
conviction is for a traffic offense; or
is another criminal charge pending against you in
are also other restrictions that may apply.
If you qualify for an expungement, Legal Services will prepare papers
to file with the court asking for an order sealing your record. In
order to begin the process you will need to obtain a fingerprint card
with a full set of your fingerprints. You can have the fingerprint card
made at the Lane County Sheriff's Office (682-3905). Call them ahead of
time to find out the cost and the hours when they are available to do
that for you. If you are sealing a record of conviction, a
certified check in the amount of $80, payable to the Department of
State Police, must be attached to the fingerprint card. There is also
a state-wide expungement filing fee of $250. Legal Services
charges a $30 document preparation fee.
The expungement process can take from three months to a year, so plan
far enough ahead of time so the process will be complete before
graduation and preparation of resumes. The average time is about six
Once a judge signs the expungement order, that arrest or conviction
"shall be deemed not to have occurred, and the applicant may answer
accordingly any questions relating to their occurrance." ORS 137.225(4).
information is not intended to provide legal advice. Any incidental
fee-paying University of Oregon student who has questions about
expunging a criminal record may call ASUO Legal Services at
arrange an appointment.
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constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney/client
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