Expungement is the process by which someone’s criminal conviction is destroyed and erased from the court’s files. Public Defense Services is not able to assist in the expungement process, however the procedure is fairly simple for individuals to complete on their own.

The Oregon Statute (law) concerning this process is ORS 137.225.  ORS 137.225 does not use the term expungement. Instead it talks about “setting aside.” The two expressions are nearly the same, so do not be confused by them.

During this process, you will be asked to provide some specific information about yourself and the incident in question. This information is needed to confirm your identity and the possible location of records so that, if your request is granted, those records can be sealed. At that point, in the eyes of the law, the arrest and/or conviction did not occur and the records do not exist.

ORS 137.225 discusses three different situations. The process for dealing with each situation is slightly different. The rest of this page is divided into three sections so that you only get the information you need for your situation. To save time, money and frustration, read the section concerning your situation carefully. In all three situations, the crime you were arrested for and/or convicted of must have been within the jurisdiction of the Lane County District Attorney to prosecute.

Situation A

You were arrested, but no charge(s) was ever filed with the Court. You may have been told  that the charge was a “No File.” If you are not sure, the Court Records Department can advise you if there was a case filed.

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Situation B

You were arrested and a charge(s) was filed in Court against you. The charge(s) was later dismissed, or you were acquitted (found not guilty). You were not convicted of any charge(s) resulting from the arrest.

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Situation C

You were arrested and convicted of a crime.

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Filing Fee

The cost of filing a motion for an order setting aside a conviction is $252.

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