4 years ago, I was charged with Criminal Mischief (a felony) in Deschutes County, Oregon. I went to court and had the charges dropped via a Civil Compromise, where I paid the damages in full. Recently, a background check revealed that the felony was still on my record.
Who do I need to contact to correct this error and remove the felony? Thanks!
The record may be correct, as it may only be showing the arrest and not a conviction. When a civil compromise is entered, the record will reflect that the charges were dismissed per the civil compromise, but it will still show up when someone checks your background.
You can petition the court to have the record of your arrest expunged, or erased, from your record after three years if you haven't been in any trouble since. You can contact the local courts for information on how to do this, or contact the Oregon State Bar referral service at 503-684-3763 or toll-free in Oregon at 800-452-7636.
If you have not been convicted of any offense (other than a traffic infraction) in the past 10 years, you should qualify to expunge your arrest and court records for this matter. A motion to set aside must comply with the basic requirements of ORS 137.225. Upon the granting of your motion, all official records of your arrest and prosecution will be sealed by order of the court. We help clients with expungements all the time. Please feel free to contact our office if you wish our assistance with an expungement.
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