For Expungement, Rights Reinstatement or Small Business needs, Contact Essent Law today (503) 512-0501

Can I Expunge My Record After a Diversion Program?

Can I Expunge My Record After a Diversion Program?

Anti DUI Cartoon from Japan

Can I get expunge my record after an Oregon diversion program?

Yes, most diversions can be expunged as “arrests”, with one major exception—a DUI diversion that you successfully completed cannot be expunged.1)See ORS 137.225(8)(b) (2015) ([The following crime is not eligible for expungement: “[a]n arrest for driving while under the influence of intoxicants if the charge is dismissed as a result of the persons successful completion of a diversion agreement described in ORS 813.200 (Notice of availability of diversion).”

Other diversion programs, such as marijuana diversion, are generally expungible in Oregon. So, people should have those arrests expunged if they’re otherwise eligible.

Explanation, Details

“Diversion” sounds fancy. But in the expungement context, it’s real simple.

Diversion = an Arrest without Conviction that the D.A. has dismissed.

Diversion in a Nutshell — When you enter diversion, you make a deal with the D.A. The deal is that you complete all the terms of the diversion agreement and stay out of trouble, and in exchange, the D.A. will not seek to convict you on the charges. Instead, after you hold up your end of the bargain, the D.A. will dismiss the charges. That’s really it. The terms of diversion (for instance, completing treatment, paying fines, attending classes) are more complicated than the basic quid pro quo of diversion. Diversion is essentially a contract on which the judge signs off.

Diversions = Arrests = Cheaper to Expunge — That diversions are technically arrests is often good news because arrests are usually cheaper and faster to expunge in Oregon than convictions, as described in Essent Law’s Oregon Expungement Guide. Why? Because you don’t have to pay a $252 filing fee for cases in which there were no arrests. And people are usually eligible to expunge arrests faster than for convictions. Depending on how many run-ins with law enforcement a person has in their pasts, an arrest can be expunged within a few months to three years. Whereas, a conviction can take three (3) to 10 years to 20 years.

So if you’ve (1) successfully finished diversion, and (2a) this was your first arrest, or (2b) you have no convictions on your record, then have your record expunged as soon as possible. If the diversion was your only arrest, you may be able to have that arrest expunged right away.2)Unlike convictions, the underlying arrest doesn’t “count” against you. Compare ORS 137.225(9)(a) with (6)(b) (“…excluding” vs. “whether or not” language). This is crucial, and is a big advantage of diversion. Contact Essent Law to find out whether you are instantly eligible for expungement after you’ve finished diversion or exactly when you’ll be eligible.

It’s best to strike while the iron’s hot. If you’ve fairly recently finished diversion in the last couple of years and have stayed out of trouble, you’re practically speaking, a slam dunk for successful expungement. Use that momentum going into court. Why is this? Because, after successful diversion, you’ve successfully demonstrated that (1) you were worthy of some special considerations in the first place by having the “chance” to enter diversion rather than full-blown prosecution. And (2) you demonstrated that you abided by all the conditions and are likely rehabilitated. An expungement is the capstone. That arrest will remain on your record. And, let’s face it, in the employment context, an arrest is very prejudicial. Get it expunged, and have done with it.

Lastly, note that most traffic arrests can be expunged too. You can’t get traffic-related convictions expunged in Oregon, though. Traffic-related charges are many, but some of the more serious ones include: careless driving, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and even a DUI arrest that you were acquitted of.

One of Essent Law’s passions is assisting people recover from past mistakes and reclaiming their good standing. Contact Essent Law today regarding your or a loved one’s expungement.

Essent Law offers offers Oregon expungement attorney services in every Oregon county, including Marion, Deschutes, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Lane, and other counties, including the cities of Portland, Salem, Bend, and Eugene and surrounding areas.

Last updated: 7/3/2015 by Oregon expungement and civil rights attorney Timothy D. LaBadie


 

No!” by Guido, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Use of this photograph in this blog does not imply the licensor-photographer endorses the use or views expressed here.

References   [ + ]

1. See ORS 137.225(8)(b) (2015) ([The following crime is not eligible for expungement: “[a]n arrest for driving while under the influence of intoxicants if the charge is dismissed as a result of the persons successful completion of a diversion agreement described in ORS 813.200 (Notice of availability of diversion).”
2. Unlike convictions, the underlying arrest doesn’t “count” against you. Compare ORS 137.225(9)(a) with (6)(b) (“…excluding” vs. “whether or not” language).

Copyright © 2017 - Essent Law LLC