Expungement: Setting Aside Your Arrest or Conviction

"Expungement" is a legal term for sealing or setting aside an arrest and / or an arrest that leads to a criminal conviction. Not everyone is eligible to have an arrest or conviction set aside. ORS 137.225 describes the law regarding expungement. For more "plain English" information about what arrests and convictions are eligible for expungement, visit Tel-Law an on-line service of the Oregon State Bar. The statute applies only to arrests and convictions that happened in Oregon.

The Beaverton City Attorney's Office cannot provide legal advice to individuals regarding their particular circumstances or whether they qualify for setting aside an arrest or conviction. The Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service can assist you with locating an attorney who specializes in this area of law. The telephone number to call is (503) 684-3763 or toll-free in Oregon, (800) 452-7636. For information about how to get legal help visit the Oregon State Bar Web site.

The following packets of information have been provided:
  • If you are setting aside an arrest, but no conviction resulted: Print Packet A.
  • If you are setting aside an arrest that resulted in a conviction: Print Packet B.

Please review the statute and the general information. You may need to know the specifics of your criminal record. If you do not know the specifics of your criminal history, you may obtain a copy of your criminal record from the Oregon State Police. You can also call them with questions at (503) 378-3070.