EXPUNGEMENTS OR MOTION TO SET ASIDE

NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS GIVEN AS AN AID TO ASSIST PEOPLE WHO DESIRE TO LEARN ABOUT EXPUNGING THEIR RECORDS. IT IS NOT MEANT TO DELIVER LEGAL ADVICE OR A LEGAL OPINION. IN NO WAY IS THIS INFORMATION MEANT TO REPLACE THE ADVICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL.

A motion to set aside (expungement) is a legal proceeding for sealing the record of a criminal arrest or conviction. After a motion is granted, all official records of the arrest or conviction are sealed. In the eyes of the law, the arrest or conviction did not occur and the record does not exist.

The relevant law regarding expungements is: Oregon Revised Statute 137.225.

To have an arrest/conviction cycle set aside from your record, you must file a copy of the motion with the District Attorney's Office for the county in which you were arrested. The original forms are submitted to the court of jurisdiction.

There are two ways to proceed with an expungement: 

  1. Hire an attorney, or
  2. Prepare your own documents.

Court and DA office staff are prohibited by law from giving you advice on legal matters, including how to fill out the motion and affidavit. If you need help, you will have to research the law yourself, or consult an attorney. If the motion does not comply with the law or your papers are filled out improperly, your motion may be opposed by the DA and denied by the court. If you need assistance, the Oregon State Bar can refer you to an attorney who will consult with you for a reduced fee.  The lawyer referral service program can be reached at 800-452-7636.

If you choose to prepare your own documents, one option is to obtain preprinted forms through www.stevensness.com or through any stationary store (the forms you will need for an arrest are #1246 – Order Setting Aside Arrest, #1247 – Motion For Setting Aside Arrest, and #1245 – Affidavit RE Setting Aside Arrest. Forms for a conviction are # 1131- Motion for Setting Aside Conviction, # 1132 - Affidavit RE Setting Aside Conviction and #1133 - Order Setting Aside Conviction.)

Whether you hire an attorney or prepare your own forms, if there was a conviction you will need to pay the Oregon State Police $80.00. This fee must be in the form of a certified check or money order made payable to the Oregon State Police.

File the original forms with the Circuit Court (1100 NW Bond St Bend, Oregon 97701).  A filing fee is required.  For convictions you are seeking to expunge, the filing fee is $252.00.  If you seek to expunge an arrest or dismissal, there is no filing fee.

Deliver copies of the forms, and the $80.00 payment to the Oregon State Police (in the form of a certified check or money order payable to the Oregon State Police) to the District Attorney's Office (1164 NW Bond Street, Bend, Oregon, 97701).

Once you have complied with the above, the next step is for the District Attorney's Office to request a search through the Oregon State Police to see if you have pending criminal charges anywhere, have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, or have had a previous expungement.  Once the District Attorney's Office receives their report, a response to your motion is prepared and filed with the Court.  The District Attorney's Office is required to show proof that we have served you with all correspondence sent to the Court.  We do this by sending our response to your motion to your mailing address by certified mail, return receipt requested.

Within approximately one month after the District Attorney's Office has filed its response to your motion, assuming there was no objection to your motion, the court will mail you a signed order.  Once this is done your arrest and/or conviction is sealed.

Additional resources available at:

Visit egov.oregon.gov/OSP/ click 'ID Services'; click 'Set Asides', read information to see if you are eligible.