Many persons have been discriminated against in employment, educational opportunities, housing and enlistment in the military service because of having a juvenile court record.
The best way to make sure that your record won’t haunt you in the future is to go through the process called expunction (or expungement). Expunction means the removal and destruction or sealing of all your records with the court and related agencies. The process to get your record expunged is by submitting an Application for Expunction at the Juvenile Court. Expunction is not permissible for some serious offenses, and a waiting period from your last case termination is often required.
Looking for support in completing your application? Visit YRJ & CJRC’s online Expunction Clinic. YRJ has partnered with the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at Lewis & Clark Law School to provide assistance to individuals with records for all counties in Oregon. Click below to complete the form and see if you are eligible for expunction.
- Clinic staff (from either YRJ or CJRC) will help get your request submitted properly to the court.
- Clinic services and application are free of charge.
- Expunction is not possible for some serious offenses.
- A waiting period from your last case termination may be required.
- Once your record is expunged you can deny the incident occurred and say the record does not exist.
Alternatively, you can find help from the county juvenile department or website of the county where you resided when your case was closed. You can also request a court appointed attorney to help you from the county where you resided when your case was closed. If you would like to do so, contact the juvenile court or department in that county.
For more detailed information about the expunction process, please see this guide: Getting Your Record Expunged
Please note that the information contained in this document is not meant to replace the advice of an attorney. Many of the laws regarding expunction are subject to frequent change. If you have further questions, please click on the Expunction Clinic button above and fill out the request form.