Q: First things first, what is an expungement?
An expungement is a court order that seals records of conviction and arrest. In Oregon, this process is called Setting Aside a Conviction and/or Record of Arrest. The process involves applying for the court order by filing documents, submitting fingerprints for a background check, and paying fees. Once complete, all records are sealed, and the arrest and conviction are deemed not to have occurred in the eyes of the law. In most situations when asked, a person with a sealed record can legally respond as if the arrest and conviction never happened.
Q: As an attorney who often represents landlords, what are your thoughts on Oregon's eviction moratorium, and now, extension?
I understand the reasoning behind the moratorium as it was put forth with good intentions; however, I believe it was a knee-jerk, one-size-fits-all reaction that will create long-term negative consequences for both landlords and tenants.
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