Oregon Criminal Records Search

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How to Check for Oregon Criminal Records

The Oregon Judicial Department has a website dedicated to providing public access to criminal records. You can search using record number or name. The information may be limited or outdated; they do not guarantee accuracy. However, you can contact the Oregon State Police by mail or in person for criminal records. You will have to pay $10 for each file you request. You may also use a third-party online background check service to find someone’s criminal records quickly and easily.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in Oregon

Oregon has a Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system for attorneys and the court but for public access to federal criminal cases they recommend using the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. You will need to sign up for a free account, and each copy is 10 cents per page. For local criminal cases, you can visit the courthouse in person to request copies of documents. You have to wait while your order is processed and depending on the district, you might have to pay a fee also.


How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

Oregon allows you to have your arrests and not guilty charges “set aside” which is like sealing so they will no longer be accessible on your record. For most misdemeanors, and some lesser felonies, the state also allows you to petition the court to expunge the information from your record. When you were arrested but not charged, there is no waiting period. In other cases where you were convicted, you must wait at least three years. Some felonies like sex offenses will never be removed from your record.


Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

Anyone with access to a computer and the Internet can lookup your criminal background. The list includes companies, government agencies, schools, banks, medical facilities, gun dealers, the military and the general public. You can also get a copy of your criminal history quite easily using either government resources or other third-party web portals.


Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

People check criminal histories for many reasons. Private companies use them before issuing security clerances. Gun dealers use them before selling firearms. Sometimes property owners use them before renting to someone new.


Types of Criminal Records

On a typical criminal record, you will see all the person’s charges, convictions, arrests, warrants, police reports, mug shots, fingerprints, incarcerations, sex offenses, felonies, misdemeanors, and court cases. You can also see general demographic information like name, email, phone, address, gender, race, height, weight, physical description, and other details.


How Are OR Criminal Records Created?

When a police officer arrests you, he or she creates a RAP sheet. This first document begins your criminal history file. Every event that takes place after such as jail or prison, court appearances and everything else is documented and stored in the file. This file then becomes your entire criminal background.