If you have been convicted of a crime, you may eventually look into seeing if you can get your record expunged. This can carry many benefits, including helping you get your rights back. Whether or not this is an option for you will depend on a lot of factors.
First of all, depending on what type of crime you were convicted of, you may or may not even be eligible for the expungement. For example, all Class A felonies are not eligible for expungement, however, some Class B felonies are eligible after 20 years. Most Class C felonies and misdemeanors, on the other hand, are expungable after a certain amount of time depending on the crime.
If the crime was a Class C felony when convicted and later increased to a Class B felony, you will usually be able to seek expungement still after ten years, even though the crime was reclassified at a higher level. If, however, the reclassification specifically named the crime you were convicted of and made it a more serious offense, you may have to wait 20 years to seek expungement.
While the process may be a pain, there are many reasons to seek a record expungement. Statistically many requests are granted in Oregon for expungements so it is often worth your time and money. If your record has hindered your efforts to get a job or a professional license, an expungement would help pave the way for you to obtain those with one less hurdle. Furthermore, it can be a final step in starting a new chapter in your life, which is well worth the effort.
Your first step is to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney at Kroll & Johnson to review your case. Our attorneys can sit down with you and tell you what next steps you should take to get an expungement. Call for your free, initial consultation today.