Law changes that went into effect on January 1st, 2022, are making expungement an option for more people with a criminal record.
Class B Felony Expungement
Senate Bill 397 is now in effect, allowing for many Class B felony convictions to be expunged after seven years.
Eligible offenses include:
- Drug distribution
- Drug manufacturing
- Possession of body armor or weaponry
- Money laundering
- Theft crimes
Note that Class B person felonies are not eligible for expungement unless the person seeking the expungement has met certain requirements:
- 20 years has passed since the date of conviction or the date the person was released from prison
- Other than motor vehicle violations, the person has not been arrested or convicted of any other offense
Class A felonies can't be expunged unless reduced to a Class B felony first.
Additional Waiting Periods
- Class C Felonies: eligible for expungement after five years
- Class A Misdemeanors: eligible for expungement after three years
- Class B & C Misdemeanors: eligible for expungement after one year
Benefits of Record Expungement
Being able to clear your criminal record is a liberating feeling. Once you have removed your felony conviction from your record, you may have fewer obstacles on your path to a brighter future. In general, expungement will make obtaining employment, finding housing, getting loans, and more easier because you will no longer carry the stigma of being a convicted felon.
Additionally, the peace of mind that comes with record expungement is priceless. Once you have your past felony removed from your record, you can truly close that chapter of your life.
Getting Started with Record Expungement
If you’re ready to begin the process of record expungement, you must file a petition with the court. From start to finish, the process can take about three months.
We highly recommend working with a legal professional while going through the expungement process. It can be confusing, and you want to make sure you are taking all necessary steps so that your request isn’t denied due to a simple mistake or oversight.
Our Bend attorneys at Baxter Harder, LLC are ready to help you with expunging your criminal record. If you believe you are eligible under these recent law changes, give us a call at (541) 238-9210 to begin with one of our expungement attorneys.