A criminal history can haunt you for the rest of your life. The accessibility of information on the Internet has made it possible for employers, landlords and universities to find out about your criminal history with just a click of a button. Even after fulfilling the terms of your sentence, you run the risk of losing out on employment, education and housing opportunities without expunging your criminal record.
I am Beaverton expungement and criminal law attorney Shelley L. Fuller. I am committed to helping clients clear their criminal history and move forward with a clean slate. I have a strong background in filing the necessary motions to get an arrest record or conviction removed from an individual's criminal history through a process known as expungement, expunction, or setting aside a conviction. I am available to review your criminal history and determine if you qualify for an expungement or record sealing.
Some Class B Felonies Now Expungeable
In 2011, the Oregon legislature amended state expungement laws to make certain Class B felonies expungeable. Prior to the amendment, the only situation in which a Class B felony could be expunged was when the defendant was convicted of certain relatively minor marijuana crimes.
Now, a broader range of Class B felonies can be expunged, including possession of a Schedule I controlled substances and aggravated theft in the first degree. The requirements for Class B expungement are strict, including a 20-year waiting period during which the person has had no further criminal convictions or arrests.
Offering The Heart And The Legal Muscle To Make A Difference
Even if the charges against you were dismissed or you were falsely accused, a record of the arrest will still exist unless you obtain an expungement or have your record sealed. When you select my law firm, I will review your criminal history to help you understand if you are eligible for an expungement based on Oregon's expungement requirements such as:
- If you were arrested and the charges against you were dismissed, you may be able to obtain an expungement right away no matter what the charges were.
- If you were convicted of one misdemeanor or a Class C felony, you may be able to have it expunged after three years from conviction — under most circumstances — as long as you have complied with the terms of your probation.
- If you have multiple convictions of a misdemeanor or a Class C felony but no other arrests, you may have to wait 10 years to get an expungement.
Generally, a conviction for the following types of crimes cannot be expunged:
- Sex crimes
- Child abuse — including a misdemeanor conviction for endangering the welfare of a minor
- Traffic violations and crimes
- Class A felonies
If your conviction cannot be expunged, another option is to petition the governor's office for a pardon. Pardons are seldom granted, but there is no harm in trying. Visit the governor's office website for more information.
While sex crime convictions cannot be expunged, there is a process by which a convicted sex offender can be relieved of the registration requirements. These issues are decided on a case-by-case basis. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand how the law applies in your situation.
My legal team and I will review the circumstances behind your conviction to determine if you are eligible for an expungement or record sealing or other form of legal relief. An expungement erases your record of arrest and/or conviction such that you may honestly and legally say you were not arrested or convicted of the crime in the past.
Seeking To Reduce Felonies Down To Misdemeanors In Portland, Oregon
A felony conviction can follow you for the rest of your life, putting future job and housing opportunities at great risk. I am an experienced criminal defense lawyer with a strong background helping clients obtain a clean slate through pursuing a reduction of certain felonies to misdemeanor crimes.
The law in Oregon allows people who have been convicted of a Class C felony to request that the felony be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor. Oregon has no restrictions on the type of charges that can be reduced. I have experience reducing major felonies to misdemeanors. Under many circumstances, my legal team and I can pursue expungements for Class A misdemeanors reduced down from a Class C felony, once enough time has passed.
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If you are faced with criminal charges, contact my Oregon criminal defense law firm today to learn about your options, protect your rights and gain a better understanding of where you stand from a legal perspective. Offering reasonable rates. Credit cards accepted.