I have no job for 1 1/2 yrs. I always find jobs. No money but food stamps and retirement almost gone. Springfield pollice put an open but empty file on my record. One employer was nice to let me know. I called courthouse and they have nothing under my name.
I have no idea what an "open but empty file on your record" means. Perhaps someone in your jurisdiction will.
In the meantime, here are a few links to Oregon Legal Aid:
I'm not sure I completely understand what the situation is ("open but empty file?"), but it sounds like you have something on your record that is there by mistake, or if not by mistake, which you might be able to expunge.
If something is on your record by mistake, it could be the fault of the whoever reported the information to the employer. In the age of the Internet, information and misinformation abounds. If someone is reporting that you have a criminal record when you do not, you might have a civil case against the reporting agency. If you want to find out whether you have an actual criminal record with the state of Oregon, you can go to any county circuit courthouse and ask to use their public computers to access the e-court and OJIN systems, and plug in your name for all counties. (Merely calling one courthouse might not yield the information you seek.) If there really is something on your record by mistake, you can contact the clerk of the court to find out what happened.
If you have a criminal record from an actual conviction or arrest, depending on the crime and your current circumstances, you might be eligible to expunge the record. In Oregon, we call it "setting aside" your record or arrest or conviction. To find out whether you are eligible, contact a criminal defense attorney who handles expungements, and ask for a consultation. If you are eligible, by petitioning the court, it is possible for the record to be sealed so that employers, landlords, creditors, etc., cannot see it on background checks. For most intents and purposes, it would be like the conviction or arrest never happened.
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