Expunging Marijuana Convictions in Oregon - SB420
Ready to have your marijuana conviction expunged? It is easier now, thanks to Senate Bill 420 which has been signed into law and goes into effect January 1, 2020. Let’s break down the new benefits of this bill and how it makes expungement faster and easier than ever
No more court filing or OSP fees to pay1. SB 420 does away with the $265 court filing fee, $80 OSP fee, and fingerprint card requirement. What does this mean? All you have to do is sign the motion, and sign & have the accompanying affidavit notarized. This bill saves you money and the hassle of having to go get your fingerprints taken.
No more 3 or 10 year waiting period before filing2. SB 420 does away with some of the time restrictions for filing the expungement motion. Under this bill, the motion may be filed “at any time following judgment of conviction for a qualifying marijuana conviction.” Oregon’s general expungement statute, ORS 137.225, requires that a person may not have any other conviction within the preceding ten years. This bill does away with that requirement. This means that someone who would otherwise not yet be eligible to have their marijuana conviction expunged due to other recent convictions is now eligible to have the marijuana conviction expunged. This is great news and will, I expect, help a lot of people.
Quicker turnaround time from filing to completion3. SB 420 sets a strict deadline on the DA. The DA only has 30 days to object to the expungement. If the DA does not object within this time frame, the court may grant the expungement. This time frame is significantly quicker than normal expungements which can range from 3-6 months from filing to completion